Thursday, February 8, 2018

your new, sustainable wardrobe for 2018

I came back to Evanston after winter break in Florida and found myself overwhelmed with all of the clothes hanging from my closet. It is extremely cold here and I know part of the reason why my closet seems so cluttered is because of all the winter essentials that a person that is always cold (like I am) needs to survive the Chicago winter. But the colorful mess of different patterns and textures was still too much for me. This is why I decided I'm going to be letting go of quite a few items. This will not only help declutter my life (and dorm) but it will also make up space for new, better items that I am planning on purchasing soon. I feel like my style is changing. However, I'm the sort of person that becomes attached to really old clothes just because of emotional and sentimental value it holds. It has been challenging to let go of so many pieces that reminded me of the past, but here are some questions I asked myself when deciding what to keep and what to sell or donate:

1. Will I wear it/Do I like it/Does it still fit my style?

The first question I asked myself when choosing what articles I wanted to sell or donate was: will I actually wear this again? I have to force myself to stop thinking "I might wear this again for like a costume or something". NO. If something is not being regularly worn it should not be cluttering up my space anymore!

2. Does it make me happy?/ What sentiment is attached to the piece (is it even really there?)

I used to keep a lot of my old stuff because it held emotional value, but I believe I have grown out of this sort of emotional attachment to material articles this year. I couldn't tell you why, because I don't really know the answer myself. I'm actually ready to let go of so many pieces because I want to let go of certain memories, not because they are negative per se, but because it's important to live in the present and not delve too much on the past. Letting go of pieces that were "so your style" before but aren't anymore is also fun because it lets you see how much you have changed and grown, which is exciting to me. I'm 20 now and I feel like I'm a very different person than I was in high school, and I accept that and want to explore my new interest, not hold onto old ones.

3. Will someone else enjoy this more than I do?

Is it in great condition? Will someone else really enjoy it? Then let it be theirs!

Essentially what I'm trying to say is:

- Reduce!
I'm a compulsive shopper but honestly, the most important thing to maintain a nice, organized wardrobe is buying less stuff! Especially fast fashion, which might seem like it's better for your wallet, but it will not last long and it's a terrible source of pollution. This is why it is important to buy really nice, solid, durable pieces! That is defenitely one of my goals for 2018: to buy sustainable and durable clothes, not cheap quality ones.

- Reuse!
Reuse pieces, don't just wear them once. You could also give them to someone who will for sure reuse them... maybe a creative friend that needs some fabric?

- Recycle!
Sell or donate your clothes! Honestly, I had never sold any of my stuff until I got to college and it really helps to get a little extra money.

Now, you should know I am definitely not a minimalist. I love eccentric, unique pieces to spice up every outfit, and I will be keeping those for sure. However, it is important to focus on having really nice, solid essentials, because they will always come in handy. I feel like after you create a good capsule wardrobe of necessary pieces, all the fun accessories and interesting pieces will be able to shine through even more, and you will need a lot fewer things in general when your basics are good-quality and durable. Here are some of the pieces I consider everyone needs:


Striped shirts are the love of my life and probably the number one essential I actually need to survive. Not even joking, striped shirt are part of my lifestyle lol. Also black skirts and pants go great with stripes, so some black bottoms are a must-have. I like to always have a pair of nice sneakers (athleisure, if you will) to make my outfits look casual chic, modern and sporty.


UO

Jeans, of course. I always need a pair of good boyfriend jeans, and black ripped skinny jeans.


Pact

A nice white tee is so important.

Pact

Finally, a good thick pair of leggings is a must-have!

What are your essentials? Let me know and thanks for reading!



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

lazy day lookbook


Here's a lazy day lookbook I shot for Northwestern's fashion magazine STITCH. Watch it on Youtube tho! That tiny screen up there does it bogus.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Combination of Minimalist and Fun

Hey all!

Here is an exclusive look at AUrate's new Summer Must-Haves Collection that is launching today! The pieces are simple, functional, and elegant, which is perfect for my style (and any style really). My personal favorite piece is the cuff earrings! I love how different the design is and how well it will go with any look. Also, something that is really cool about this brand is that for every pair of earrings sold, they donate to an underserved public school system! 














Even though I am into colorful clothes and mixing textures and patterns, I mostly keep my jewelry very minimalist which is why I love all of these pieces. I feel like mixing different styles makes outfits more interesting and personal, and even just a subtle pair of earrings can pull together an entire look. Nonetheless, this summer I have been trying to switch things up with a couple of interesting jewelry pieces, such as my eye ring, pom pom and toucan earrings. Combining these pieces with more minimalist ones like the ones from AUrate works perfectly well and allows them to be the focus of attention. Here are some pretty crappy iPhone pics of the jewelry I'm talking about, but hopefully it will give you an idea of what type of statement pieces I would combine this collection with.




I would wear these earrings with a nice simple necklace and a matching bracelet.


This ring would compliment an otherwise minimalist jewelry look with its bit of color and its fun shape.


Thank you all for reading! I hope you check out this new collection!

Best,
Maria


Thursday, August 10, 2017

tale of an eventful bus ride

Hey all!

Here's a short story you may or may not enjoy reading. It is very very shittily "illustrated" and my hand writing is not the best. It is a charming short tale that involves unrequited love and vomit though!!!

All names have been changed. I actually even asked the only person whose name appears on this story to tell me what her ideal name would be so I could use it. That is quality friendship y'all.







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

pink dress wishlist for the summer!

Happy August!!!

Today I want to share my pink dress wishlist for the summer! Even though I will admit I was a hater of the summer weather not too long ago, after being in Chicago for a year I have learned to appreciate the wonders of warm, tropical weather. I used to complain how you couldn't really wear anything with hot weather, but now I am loving flowy dresses and rompers and anything that is not my winter jacket, which I had to wear until like May. Recently, I have been looking for new dresses online to continue celebrating the temporary joy of summer and I thought I would share some with you guys. I am loving pastels, rose tones and flower prints right now. I am also loving casual dresses that are also pretty easy to dress up with the right accessories. Click on the pictures to check out the dresses on their sites!



This first dress is probably my favorite in this bunch because I love the neckline. It looks really flowy and effortlessly chic, which is my vibe. It would look really cute with some sandals, but you could easily dress it up by wearing heels instead.


I love the pattern in this one! Honestly, anything floral is great for the summer! I love the mock neck and the fact that it combines that "fall" neckline with a nice short flowy dress. This dress would also be really easy to dress up or dress down.


Finally, I have started loving off the shoulder dresses, and this rose colored one looks really cute! I love this shade of pink so much! I am using so many exclamation marks! Sorry! This would be perfect for a dinner or party.


I hope you guys like these dresses as much as I do and I hope you got some sort of inspiration for summer fashion. Thanks for reading!

Best,
Maria

Sunday, June 25, 2017

summer essentials

It has been quite a while! Yes, thank you, I know: I'm really good at ignoring my responsibilities. It is finally warm and beautiful outside here in Chicago. I'll be honest, I never thought I would be excited to be outside in 90-degree weather, coming from hell and all (aka Cali, Colombia). But after wearing my Canada Goose jacket throughout the month of May, I am beyond pleased to just stand under the sun for a while, in a reptile sort of fashion. I am currently just chilling around the Chicago and Evanston area and I thought I would begin to share some of my favorite outfits for the summer. I feel like I only wore black in the winter, so I have gravitated toward white and lighter shades for the past few weeks. I have also really been loving Tobi to shop for summer dresses and rompers; all of their dresses are perfect for the season. They have the cutest, flowiest pieces, so it is no surprise they are my go-to brand of the moment.

The first outfit I want to share with you guys is this stunning mauve print shift dress that is just so flowy and dreamy. I wore this outfit during finals week after I impulsively dyed and cut my hair. Of course, I needed to have a mandatory new-haircut photoshoot, so I wore this dress out to the Lakefill with my friend Isabella. She took some lovely pictures of me as we chilled by the lake and de-stressed for a while.










The second outfit is this really cute blush romper I wore out to Chicago when my family first arrived. I love this piece because you can wear it for so many different occasions. I love the beachy vibe for the summer, and you can just pair it with sandals, like I did, for a day out, or wear nicer shoes and accessories to dress it up. My family and I just walked through the Loop and did the usual touristy activities in Chicago.














The third outfit is proof that I can never truly stop wearing black. This black slip shift dress is my ideal dress tbh because I can just wear it by itself with some cute heels for a night out, or wear a t-shirt under it for a more casual day look.


Heels from Calvin Klein from Nordstrom (I couldn't find the same pair, but I linked a similar one)





And, of course, the usual pictures of me struggling against the wind.




I'm not big on accessories, and I love how all of these pieces look really nice and chic just by themselves; my aesthetic is to always look dressed up with minimal effort. I hope you guys like these outfits/find some summer inspiration from my looks. Thanks for reading!

Maria