The Fashion Muse


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Tiger Print Dress c/o Forever 21 | Lace Up Heels c/o Forever 21 | Gucci Belt 

One of my all time favorite things to do when it comes to styling anything is the art of mixing high end items with affordable ones and making fast fashion seem top luxury.

I mean, who's ever going to know that you are wearing a $20 dollar dress? Taking something affordable and styling it like you broke the bank is the trick (and some confidence too never hurt). However, I do love remixing items to spice things up as seen here on today's post. 




I made one of my very first high end purchases (on my own - your girl has been working hard) over the holidays. I knew that I wanted my purchase to be a versatile piece I can use with many different items if I was going to splurge. With that being said, I went straight for the Gucci belt. I had been eyeing this belt for some time, but it was the right moment to finally buy it. 


Last I checked, there was no rule where you couldn't pair an expensive item with an affordable one. I mean, that's why we have fast fashion (trendy, budget friendly, and quick) stores like Forever 21, Zara, etc...And, it's totally okay if you're not in the market to splurge because you can still look bougie on a budget - It's all about styling. 





As we all settle into 2019 and get back from our filling holidays it's time to re-center and start on a fresh slate. I just got back from a 10 day family trip that took place in one of my favorite cities,  London. I will admit I was a bit burnt out towards the end of the year, and I really needed to escape to a new place to catch up with my inspirations and goals for what was to come. 2018 was an amazing year for me (I take bad experiences as amazing ones too - they help me grow). This past year exceeded my expectations, but left me thirsty for more, personally and professionally. I have listed below 5 expectations I am pushing myself to achieve in this new year. I like to view them as goals vs calling them resolutions (the word resolution has never really stuck with me - it's a tacky word...)

To Do List: Because, I'm a mess
Having a physical to do list is something I have learned to do throughout time. I will admit, I am not the most organized person and through mistakes, I have learned that making lists is what keeps me in check and it keeps my anxiety at an all time low.  These lists usually consist of everyday things I expect to accomplish and goals for the month I work towards. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing anything off of my to do list - try it out!


Trusting in a higher power
Getting closer to my faith is something I accomplished in 2018, I've always been a Christian but I never really believed that I was living my life as God wanted me to be. So, for this year my goal is to really let go and let God. Putting my 100% trust in what he has set for my path has really led me into peace and calmed my anxiety struggles. 
Whatever you may believe in, believe in something. We're all humans who were placed on this earth for many fascinating reasons - manifest your calling. 

Say NO - No one likes a "yes girl"
Not every open door is meant to be walked through. We may think it's the most amazing opportunity or decision, but life may have other plans for you. I used to be someone who would say yes to every single opportunity for instant gratification, personal fulfillment, or even to please someone else when in reality I should have said no because it just wasn't right for me at the moment.
I have also learned to choose quality over quantity. I would drive myself crazy in the past if I didn't have 3 blog posts up in a week, 2 IG posts per day, or if I didn't attend all the events I got invited to. It's okay to say no, and reserve your energy for something bigger. 

Embrace JOMO - Joy Of Missing Out
Just like saying no, JOMO is something I have loved to embrace. I mean who has time for FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)? JOMO is where it's at. What is meant for you, will be for you and there is no need to have fear is missing out on something that really wasn't meant for you. Like, who cares when you choose to stay in instead of going out and partying? Netflix is so much better....Just sayin'

Health Is A Priority
2018 helped me learn about my own personal health struggles. From dealing with anxiety to the path of figuring out about my start with endometriosis. I took all that into account, and realized how important it is to put our mental, emotional, and physical health first. 
To really tackle this, I now make certain routines part of my everyday. Like, being determined to waking up earlier, meditating to get my day started, and apply all of the above to ensure I have a great day, week, and year.



With that said, thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope that my goals for this year give you a little insight to my motto for 2019. Let's crush this year! 

Until next post, 

Xo
Photography: Coco Michele 

"The one thing you can control is how you treat yourself. And that one thing can change everything". 

I can easily say 2018 has been the year of the woman. With nothing being left unsaid, from equality to the "me too" movement the stance and openness on body positivity has been the most impactful (for myself and millions of others). I am so beyond excited to see and hear stories of women finally starting to feel comfortable in their own skin and realizing that its okay to love themselves as they are.

To my 15 year old self; you will learn to love every Latina curve and embrace it because they will someday inspire others who don't know how to.

I have had the idea of putting out this post for over a year now. Meanwhile I had no idea how or when I wanted to post something like this, I clearly had no clue at the time who I would even include in this collaboration. As a blogger/influencer, I constantly see postings, articles, and talks on body positivity, but I have never seen a petite blogger (like myself) ever wanting to share a platform with a plus size babe.

There was no better person I could have ever collaborated with in this vision than my own cousin. Being a plus size girl, she has openly struggled in the past with embracing the body she was blessed with. She stepped into a career that at the time was blinded to nothing other than sizes 0-4 and termed a size 6 as "plus size". I believe she is a trailblazer for her self and many others in the industry. She holds a place as design director at one of the hottest plus size brands, Eloquii and inspires women each day to positively embrace their curves just as she has learned how to.






As Latinas, we can both agree that our culture comes with molds that are slowly changing + being accepted. The Hispanic culture can go both ways. "If you're overweight, you're healthy" or "If you're thin, you're unhealthy", why is this stigma still a thing in 2018?

I really wanted both of us to wear something really similar for this post. It signifies how we are one and numbers don't define us. My 5'1 size 4 petite frame can wear the same, feel the same, and slay the same as a size 16. 

There are so many young girls and women that still struggle with body image and get bullied for it everyday. We're here to tell you that its OKAY. It's your right to be free and feel free. You cannot let society determine how you should love yourself.

I feel incredibly blessed to have a platform where I can express myself and come to together with anyone I'd like. The Latina in me can't help but to try to break barriers and molds within this industry and set a path forward for any aged girl who feels like they don't have a place because of their body image whether you're plus sized or even petite girl like myself with curves. 


Until next post, 

Xo






It's been roughly almost three years since I have officially been a business owner. Being a owner of a corp or even your own boss can mean a entirety of things, situations, and experiences. 

I'll be honest with you, when I decided to take The Fashion Muse to another level and create a legal corporation for it, I was SO clueless. Gladly, my father is a business man and a boss of his own and with his guidance I started to understand somewhat the nature of what all this meant. 

I'll be the first to admit that at 23 years old, I never saw myself as an owner of any kind of business nonetheless my own bossy boss! It's hard work.... and starting up something from scratch is even harder but the benefits of doing this for your self are endless. 





I have never been good at numbers, time management, and obtaining organizational skills (true story) Which is everything you need to have to be a business owner, and much more.... However, situations and experiences force you to change and adjust. Even though I wasn't necessarily blessed with those qualities, I was blessed with the talent of branding, communicating, and persuading. I can easily say, those three qualities have led a way for me. 

Many wouldn't think that being an influencer or a blogger required any kind of work in the business field but actually, IT ALL DOES. Being my own boss has made me into a one woman show and what I would call a full time job. From accounting to legal contracts, I've had to learn it all. 

I have easily underestimated myself so many times within all of this, and have even second guessed the goal behind it. I can't sit here and sugar coat everything, because that doesn't exist. There are months where I've had to pull content out of the air and not know where my next brand partnership is going to come from - this is why content planning and financial planning is so crucial. 

I consider myself a hermit crab at heart... Although being very open with you all is easy for me, the nature of my work has allowed me to work from home 95% of the time. Up until this point, I have had to grow tough skin with others and even brands I have shared partnerships with.

I really hope sharing some pieces of my story can help, especially if you're looking to become a business owner yourself! 

Until next post, 

XO












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Trench Coat c/o Akira (I'm wearing a small + it's currently ON SALE) | Python Boots c/o Miss Lola (use code: FASHIONMUSE for 15% off) |

We are in full fall affect and every autumn season there are always certain pieces that stick out for me the most as "fall essentials". In Miami, it's so difficult to pin point a major item that is a need for the chilly or cold months since we really don't get that kind of weather. 

I really wanted to put out this blog post because I always get asked how can someone style a fall inspired look if they live in a warmer climate.
However, in the midst of finding pieces that could work for both a warmer fall/winter and a cold one, I came across this trench coat. 

A long versatile trench coat is such a great transition piece to add to your closet, especially if you live in a warmer climate. For the days it gets to 50 degrees here in Miami, this is a jacket I will have on repeat. I styled it as an oversized coat dress because it was nonetheless comfy, chic, and airy! But, I can also wear it thrown over my shoulders and with a pair of jeans.  This piece is a great win - win situation because for those who live in colder weather, this is a jacket you can most definitely layer up with.  

I'm honestly so obsessed with it, it gives me major chic inspector gadget vibes. 

Until next post, 

Xo









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Pink One Shoulder Mini Dress: TopShop (I'm wearing a S and it fits true to size) | Confetti Gold Heels c/o Miss Lola (use code: FASHIONMUSE for 15% off) 


It's my birthday! Welcome to the birthday blog... I am 25 years (younger, duh). 

Stepping into my mid quarter year, I definitely know I am stepping into it as a wiser more patient and open hearted person than I was a year ago. Twenty four taught me a lot, and I cant wait to see what twenty five has in store. 

This year for my special day, I really wanted to push all gifts aside and focus on gifting others. I truly believe that twenty four taught me the passion of giving back full hearted and it's something I am entering twenty five in with full swing. I am so beyond lucky that I have built this incredible platform with an extensive support system behind it that I can use to my fullest advantage, 

With that said, for the rest of the month of October I have started the fundraiser The Fashion Muse For Susan G. Komen. Since it is breast cancer awareness month, It was my cause of choice. This past year, I have seen many women go through this unwanted circumstance. As a girl who started this whole platform in the hopes of inspiring other women and creating a movement of its kind, this is something I was in need of doing and with celebrating my twenty five years of life was the perfect time to give back. 

I really hope you can join me in donating, any little thing counts. The proceeds will be going directly to the foundation at the end of October. 


I cannot thank you guys enough! With much love always.... 

Until next post, 

Xo 






Welcome back to another His + Her's post! I know it's been a couple of months since we have updated this section of the blog, but we love doing these and always plan to bring content together. 

Today, Andy and I have partnered with MVMT watches and we're so excited about it. When Andy and I were first started getting to know each other in our relationship (True Story) he would always mention to me how he totally loved all the MVMT watches and that he would be so excited the day MVMT ever reached out to me to work together on a collaboration. Well, here we are! 




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Wearing: Eclipse 42mm


We love to wear our watches together, and it's definitely one accessory that is easy to style with your significant other for a monochrome look that will style up the both of you. 


MVMT has created my own personalized discount code for you all to use. For $15 off any purchase, use code: FASHIONMUSE15 at checkout. 

Be on the lookout for more His + Her's posts coming soon. 

Xo

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