This past weekend was a memorable one... On Thursday (April 19th) I was recognized with probably one of the hottest and honorable mentions of the moment in the Latino community, a Tecla Award. 

A few months back I had been nominated for the title of "Best Fashion Content Creator" of the year and nonetheless, you can totally say I was super stoked and humbled! 

I knew I wanted to wear a piece that was original and embodied my Latina roots. Besides those two details, I made it a point to wear a local designer/small business owner. I had my reasons for that, but the most important being - support. Support has been the one word within the past three and a half years in my blogging career that has struck me the most. I ultimately started The Fashion Muse very local and as a small business owner, I know how hard it could be. Without the support of SO many individuals, I wouldn't be here. 

Can you believe this entire look was under $100? Even though I did not purposely plan it to be an affordable one, this was the perfect example that you can easily find such elegant unique pieces that don't break the bank. It always comes down to styling and attitude! You can wear a $20 dress on a red-carpet and own it as if it were designer. 




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Fringe Jumpsuit c/o Ava Giselle Collection $79 | Red Heels: Lola Shoetique $28 (use code: FASHIONMUSE for 15% off)


Let's get real here; I often walk into these things saying "I may not win, but I won already." I often don't relate to titles or labels, I think a lot of us here work really hard to reach certain goals and dreams (making us winners). With that said, I walked into the award show that night confident but with a site that I may not get this award. Time and time again, I have been so surprised how I have arrived at certain experiences (like this) and wonder how did I even achieve this? Time goes by so fast but, I could still remember almost four years back how I felt so uninspired. 

A huge thank you to everyone who voted, friends, family, loyal followers, and most importantly Hispanicize. I will forever be appreciative of this amazing achievement. I will always be a Latina trying to break and push barriers in such a saturated industry. THANK YOU for naming me best fashion content creator of the year!

Until next post, 

Xo




I love curating style diaries, because just as a diary would - they tell a story. I have teamed up Lola Shoetique to bring you some of my favorite spring (and even summer pieces) right off their site. If you have been following me for some time, you'd know I have been obsessed with Lola Shoetique since day 1 and I love the brand to influencer relationship we've had for years - so obviously I just had to set my first style diary feature with them.




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Top (SOLD OUT) Similar Here and Here | Denim Jeans (They run small) & I love these too | Gold Clear Heels (Similar)

also

Personalized Choker Necklace c/o Taudrey 





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Gingham One Piece - also comes in blue (fits very high cut) | Bikini Version (blue & pink)


I hope this style diary was helpful and I really look forward to creating more of these. Any brands you'd like to see on the next style diary? 

Make sure to use my personalized Lola Shoetique code for a 20% discount at check out: FASHIONMUSE


Until next post, 

Xo







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There's nothing I love more than a good statement tee. We are living through a time where statements are called for, and where powerful movements are inspiring. 

I believe there are amazing ways to showcase what you stand for, one of them being through fashion. With that said, there are so many life altering movements that are happening now, and I couldn't be anymore grateful to be living through a time like this. I own up everyday to the fact that I am a Latina and an empowering millennial with a self made company to my name. Woman are no longer a minority. 

Want to make a statement? Put it on a shirt and own it - enough said! 


Until next post, 

Xo 







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Pearl Crop Top: Forever 21 | Oversized Blazer: Forever 21 (ON SALE $14) | Denim: Forever 21 (SIMILAR)| Boots: Public Desire | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Hat: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters ($18!)


I wake up most mornings with a packed day and a schedule awaiting me. On some days I feel really inspired on a certain look (these are the days I have time to get ready), and some days I'm in such a rush that I have no idea what I'm going to wear! I know I cant be the only one that tells herself "I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!". I often get asked how I look so put together all the time, here's my trick.....

I used to get a lot anxiety over this issue, but as time went on I realized it's not about having nothing to wear - it's about having the right items to wear. I have definitely built up my closet to have basic essentials, and pieces that aren't so "on trend". Believe it or not, you can style up a look with just basics and look completely chic and relevant. 

For this look I went with two basic essentials I already had in my closet; a blazer and a pair of denim. In this case, I wanted my blazer to be oversized just for styling purposes (I love everything oversized lately). To add a pop of what's currently trending, I added the pearl embellished crop top, the edgy booties, and of course - the cabbie hat! It took me no more than 10min to throw this look on and head out the door for a meeting. 

What basic essential do you reach for in your closet first when you're on the run?


Until next post, 
XO


Welcome back to another edition of the His & Hers series! It's been about two months or so since the intro to this series, crazy how time flies. I know I promised a once a month post into this series (which the promise still stands, by the way) But, the last two months have been nothing but crazy - in a good way. Andy transitioned into a new job, and I began the second to my last semester in college. It's been two months filled with change and new adjustments (especially to our schedules) but they are nothing but the best for our futures! We really look forward to continuing this series, bringing you on our adventures, and creating more content together - like this valentines post!

This may sound super cliché (it's okay to get cheesy on vday) but it always seems like a valentines day for us. If you ever wanted to meet a male version of myself, I'd be more than happy to introduce you to Andy! I guess that's why they call them soulmates right? So, on this post we wanted to share a little part of us that we have discovered to enjoy very much - cooking together! If you're not in the mood to go out on this special occasion with packed restaurants (because lets be honest, who is?) cooking at home together is a great alternative.


Andy loves breakfast, so we opted out from a romantic dinner to bring you some of our favorite morning dishes that include his "world famous" oatmeal recipe (as he likes to call it)

I have never been a huge fan of oatmeal, I somehow grew some disgust towards it for some random reason. But, after some months of convincing, and receiving endless morning snap chats of him in the kitchen bribing me while he made his oatmeal, I gave in and gave it a try and wow I'm so happy I did! 

Andy has listed all ingredients below, however; there are no exact measurements to his oatmeal recipe - he likes to say, "I just eye it". 




What you will need:
- Oats
- 1 mini bottle of almond milk (he prefers Silk unsweetened vanilla flavored)
- Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
- 1 Spoonful of Crunchy Peanut Butter 
- 1 Banana 
- Table spoon of syrup
- Berries (blueberries + strawberries)
- Chocolate Chips or White Chocolate Chips 




Just a little tip: the oatmeal is best enjoyed when its warm straight out of the microwave







One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast is pancakes with iced lattes, so I whipped up some chocolate chip pancakes for the win (I think Andy inhaled them in a matter of 5 seconds) and he made some cafecito on ice. as we like to call it. 








Until next post, 

XO




There is nothing more I love than taking showers... Sounded like a weird fact about me until I asked you guys over Instagram if I was the only one with a major love for showers - and I guess I'm not alone! 
I wanted to round up some of my favorite in shower essentials that I cannot live without. 


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Molton Brown Shower Gels (my personal favorite shower gels) | Dr. Teals Epson Salt | Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer (Great in shower moisturizer cream to use on wet skin) | Venus x Olay Infused Razor | EOS Shaving Cream | Briogeo Deep Conditioner | African Black Soap (This bar of soap is amazing for the skin!) | Charcoal Sponge | Ouai Shampoo | LUSH Bath Bombs | Twistie Turbie (My favorite hair towels) | Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion  
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My shower time always ends up turning into my thinking time where most of my ideas are generated from. I'm actually a bigger fan of baths instead of showers - they are just so relaxing. 

What are your in shower essentials? Let me know in the comments section below! I'd love to try out some of your own suggestions that not listed in this post. 


Xo 
Photography: Coco Michelle 

Ever since the start of my high school years, I began to embark on this unsettling feeling I just couldn't get away from and something I had yet to understand at the time. Imagine feeling like you were drowning - that feeling of not being able to breathe, having every possible thought emerge you. That's probably the best metaphor I can use to describe what my body and mind feels at times- still till this day.

I have openly discussed about my anxiety on my platforms because it sure does always seem to help by talking. Also, when I opened up about my anxiety struggles I realized SO many people go through this on a daily basis and I also realized I helped many by coming clean about it. Being open led me to wanting to create this post in which I wanted to share ways I have learned how to deal with my anxiety and certain things that I like to do when I feel the anxiety is heightened.


We live in such a hard time where the pressure to be a certain way, look a specific way, and believe in a certain trends can get to you and if you're not "on" 24/7 there's "something wrong with you" - I've heard it all. Sometimes, it's like a whirlwind that circles you at 100mph and just won't stop. I've had days where I'll wake up and not leave my room the entire day because of the toll the anxiety has taken on my body and crying it out is the only remedy (which really helps me detox, I must say). People have this misconception about anxiety where they believe it's all mental - it's not! On my hardest days, my body will weigh on me and my bones will ache like if I had gotten hit like a punching bag. But, guess what... you can never let your self be the punching bag. Although I still struggle today (and probably will continue to struggle with this for the rest of my life) I've learned to be my own warrior against anxiety. Instead of taking the punches, I must the be one dodging them. 

I've been asked endless of times; why I have anxiety? or if there is any back story to my anxiety? Till this day I cannot answer those questions. No one is perfect, and no one leads a perfect life, but I will admit in my 24 years of age - I have had a pretty outstanding life. I have been very fortunate to have a support system that will never let me trip and fall. I truly believe anxiety can take on many forms and isn't always caused by a certain situation or based off a life backstory. 


Even though anxiety is something you (yourself) must learn how to control and manage, there are certain things I like doing that really help me on those tough days. 




Sometimes I need to remind myself to breathe & believe that God doesn't give you nothing you can't handle. There are some daily devotionals I like reading right off my phone every morning before getting my day started. I also love the app 'Headspace' for meditation (it's a guided audio - which I like to listen to before going to bed). Positive affirmations are a must as well - as dumb as it sounds, telling your self in your mind that everything will be OKAY really helps. Remember to take one day at a time.

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Women's Daily Devotional (Target $16!) | Headspace App (You can get 10 sessions for free! or purchase a subscription if you end up liking it)


I love using scents on the daily that help de-stress & clear my mind. Diffusers with essential oils are also amazing to have in your room or even work space! I've linked my favorite products below. 

Also, I'm not a huge believer in anxiety medication, but I do often at times rely on L-Theanine vitamins that help. I've also linked my personal favorites below. 

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Aromatherapy Collection (Bath & Body works has my favorites - I like using Eucalyptus & Sage) | Diffuser (Target under $40!) | Olly GoodBye Stress Gummies (Target for $12!) 


I have made unplugging a thing to follow up with this year. Social media is an amazing tool, but it's also an addiction (and I'm the first to admit that!). Just like everything in life, it has it's good side and it's bad side - I've experienced both. 


It's really difficult to be able to open up about any kind of struggle, but honestly this is what I like to rely on when I feel like I'm drowning. Speaking to someone you trust and someone who is close to you can help, BUT... I also believe in therapy. If you're like me, I often feel like talking to a therapist brings me closure & better understanding just because it's not someone who knows you (like a family member or significant other would) + since therapists are trained for this, they often do recommend you advices you would have not thought of on your own.



I really hope my own struggles could help someone else out there that may be going through the same thing. As I've said many times before, writing and journaling is my outlet to be open and whether it's documenting fashion, beauty, and even moments like these - it all helps me. 

We are not perfect, and it's okay not to be okay always. 


Until next post, 

Xo
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