Fashion Rule #2: Plain white tee is a must

GUYSSS I AM BACK! I know it has been two Mondays that I haven’t posted any fashion rule. These past couple of weeks both Martin and I have been busy with finals, work, family and just creative ground in general on my part. One week I hit a “creators’ block” and just couldn’t think of content to continue on. Although I have a set list of fashion rules, I couldn’t come up with any outfit ideas nor found inspiration to do so. This past week I spent most of my time planning and writing content for what’s to come.

Oh believe me I am not about the plain life when it comes to choosing outfits for the day. But I have definitely learned how to value the plain white tee. And I specially hate it on boys!

On this blog post I will be embracing the simple round neck white tee as a layering piece.

I am pretty sure we have all seen them under strap dresses lately. I always liked how other girls could pull it off but I had never tried it myself.

This was one of my favorite Monday Outfit of the day I have created so far. I feel in love with this shirt I bought from Forever 21 but when I put it on it was way too naked for me. It was more the deep v-neck on the top and the cropped length it has that made me feel I was showing too much skin. I personally didn’t feel as comfortable as I thought it would be. I really didn’t want to return it because I loved the design and ruffles so I skimmed through my closet and…thank God for the white tee!

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Since I really wanted to keep my top the focal point on my outfit I didn’t add any more color at all. The key to make your top pop is keeping it simple. I added some trendy light gray earrings from Beya and went with my new block heel sandal I bought from Just Fab.

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Her are some more looks you can try with the plain white tee as a layering piece. The strapped black dress is a classic. Then any patterned strapped shirt would go perfect.

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I had so much fun with my new friend Frank. It was windy and hot but we managed to have fun and stay cool with some coke. Go follow him on social media @phrank.ph. So much talent in one account I can’t even!

Photos: @phrank.ph

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Leadership Starts From Within

Over the years, I have become passionate about the concept of leadership. I love investing in others and molding new leaders. As a leader you conduct, guide, and aid others to become the greatest they have ever been. You are responsible for unlocking the potential you know they are capable of reaching. You are also responsible for the mistakes they make and you are responsible for celebrating their victories.

But as much as the concept of leadership focuses on the development of others, leadership starts from within. A glass that is empty does not have anything to pour into another empty glass. Before you want to invest in others, leadership starts from the investment you put in yourself.

How can you invest in yourself before you invest in others? Let’s dive in quickly! Here are 5 different ways you can invest in yourself:

  1. Invest Mentally
  2. Invest Physically
  3. Invest Spiritually
  4. Invest Financially
  5. Invest Relational

Mentally

Without a doubt, mental health has been something my generation has suffered with. According to Forbes, “20% of millennials report suffering from depression” and also have “significant levels of stress and anxiety”. I have personally been faced with high levels of anxiety before. Keeping a good mental health means creating positive thoughts and learning how to manage the negatives. Sometimes I read a book to keep my mind busy in away from the million things going through my mind at 100mph. I have attached a link on an article that will help to learn ways on overcoming mental health problems. This is an aspect I am learning to improve on everyday.

4 Ways to Help Millennial Leaders Overcome Mental Health Problems

Physically

Your physical health helps take care of your mental health. It can create an outlet for stress and anxiety. Be sure to stay healthy by not only getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day but eating the right foods. I have started to be consistent in working out and its helped renew my energy and distress. It has also helped me fall asleep faster! Believe me as much as I love some flaming hots with cheese, I also love eating yummy fruits and veggies. After a good healthy meal I feel an instant energy and renewal in my body.  Read more on the benefits of staying active and taking care of your physical needs on this article I found useful.

Physical activity improves quality of life

Spiritually

In my life, the most important thing asides from my family is God. Without the love and salvation I have received from God I wouldn’t be where I am today. He has changed my life completely and has given me a purpose to live for. For me it is important to grow develop my relationship with God so I can continue to be a testimony of his goodness and love he has for us. I also need to be strong in God’s word so that when anybody is in need for a word of encouragement and uplifting God can speak through me. For me it is important that I grow my spiritual walk because it is what has given me life and sense of purpose. Spending time reading the bible, praying, and listening to podcasts are some ways I try to learn more about God and his goodness. This article will show you of some ways you can develop yourself spiritually.

5 ways to improve your relationship with God

Financially

My dad has always taught me to save 10% of every paycheck ever since I started working. Ask me if I have done it all the time? No! But it is a practical aspect I have been developing over the years and have gotten good at. Investing in yourself financially for me means SAVING! It does not mean spending whatever you want on yourself because you deserve it. How I invest in myself financially is saving for my dreams and goals. If you know me I love blessing others and investing in other persons’ dreams. The same way I was blessing others was not the same way I was taking care of my money for myself. And I saw I needed that fixed. I have had a savings account since the age of 16 when I started working thanks to my dad who instilled in me the importance of savings. Asides from my savings account, contributing 30% into 401K is a another way I am investing in myself financially. I have also created a list of expenses that I could cut back in order to stay financially healthy. I found this article about tips on how to stay financially healthy, I hope it helps.

The best financial tips for millennials

Relational

Do I have some learning to do when it comes to investing in relationships! These past couple of months have been eye-opening and quite the learning experience when it comes to selecting the right relationships. I am not only talking about a relationship with a significant other but also in friendships. There is this saying in Spanish that when translated it says, “Tell me who you hangout with and I will tell you who you are”. This speaks volumes! Surround yourself with positively genuine people who realistically care about you. Who will lift you up and be by your side in all difficult times. People who will truly celebrate your success. Be careful with those who use you and become a leech to your everyday life. If you think you are okay doing life by yourself you are wrong. This was me for a while believe me all I wanted to do is be by myself and leave all the “fake friends” behind. As humans we were created to be relational. Find good people in your life and invest in those relationships. Invest time, energy, and love into those relationships so they can flourish into healthy aspects in your life.

Understand leadership cannot be developed without first investing in ourselves. I hope any of these ways to invest in yourself has helped. I enjoyed reading the articles and learned a lot from them, as I wish you would get something out from them as well. Choose one aspect you need to invest in yourself for this upcoming month and start on it. Don’t wait any longer, leadership starts within YOU.

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Fashion Rule #20: Denim on denim is ALWAYS in!

The other day I heard someone say “that is way too much denim” describing another girl’s outfit. I promise you all it wasn’t even too much! There is never too much denim when it comes to wearing denim on denim. And it is definitely in! Even if this 90’s vibe wasn’t currently trending, denim on denim is one of the basic go-to outfits. You can pair up denim with mostly any shoes and accessories.

Rock the 90’s vibe all day, everyday

I will be showing you three ways I wear denim on denim. Believe me there is unlimited amount of styles to dress denim. For sure this Fashion Rule can be worn in any season and it’s the style you can get away with dressing it your own. You can go into my Pinterest and check out the Fashion Book board to see some ideas on how to rock this style in different seasons, different ways. This style is my go to when I have no idea what to wear for the day and I am running late!

 

With this Fashion Rule I had a little help from my friend, Siam. We had so much fun shooting at the carnival and she killed it in this first outfit! Notice how the denim on denim does not necessarily match, and that is OKAY! Here we have an oversized medium wash destroyed denim jacket paired up with dark wash jeans. I have decided to make this outfit a bit more relaxed and fun but adding a pop of color to contrast the denim. This is one of my favorite necklaces that also happens to be handmade. Having the red Converse and necklace ties in the outfit. You can never go wrong with a plain white tee with denim. Of course I didn’t want to leave Siam alone so we decided to twin for our OOTD. And here is a picture of both of us in our natural habitat: EATING!

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I love denim on denim because it’s what makes your accessories pop. I really wanted to highlight the pale pink main accessories in this next outfit: shoes & purse. In this outfit that is what ties the denim on denim together. In this outfit the denim seems to match in wash and also in style, as they are both destroyed. You can also add some statement pale pink earrings to tie in the contrast color. But in this outfit I decided to just highlight more the denim on denim by complimenting it with the pop of color. The platform heels are from Steve Madden and the pale pink purse from Michael Kors.

 

What really ties in the outfit of this piece is the statement necklace. I will soon be posting on how to style statement necklaces and this is just one example. I have three different shades of this necklace because I loved it and it’s from Aldo’s. The necklace is the attention grabber of the outfit. Just by changing shoe color and accessories, you can change the vibe of the whole outfit.

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Remember when doing denim on denim you must have two accessories to match each other and add a color of pop to your outfit. It is an easy to go and you cannot go wrong with matching this style. Personalize and make it your own! Whatever accessories, whatever color I am sure you can rock this style. Checkout my Pinterest where there is more fun ways to wear denim on denim.

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Photos: @martinxlove | @cynthiagarzaphotography

Fashion Rule # 13: Style floral at its 100%

Floral is my all time favorite pattern for the spring and summer! I have everything floral from pencil skirts, purses, off the shoulder shirts, rompers, cocktail dresses, evening gowns, you name it I have it! This pattern can be subtle and elegant or chic and girly. I love styling floral so this shoot was super fun to document.

Floral speaks for itself. Learn how to compliment the pattern.

In this first outfit I paired up the floral off the shoulders with shorts overalls. We all know overalls are one of the 90’s pieces coming back. I honestly think this is the first time ever in my life wearing overalls. I’m a 90’s baby but I don’t think I ever rocked them when I was a kid. Since I wanted to compliment the small pink details in the pattern, I accessorized the outfit with dangling pink earrings. In these types of patters you don’t want to choose the obvious ubiquitous color. You want to highlight the less represented color to compliment the outfit. I could have also selected some green earrings to make the leaves on the shirt stand out.

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This second outfit I loved and I see myself wearing it all the time! 90’s vibe again with the boot cut jeans. I got this shirt at Forever 21 and I love how beachy and retro it is. Since the pattern has more feel of greens, I decided to go with small orange earrings. I could have gone with hot pink earrings as well to bring out the hints of color. It is all about highlighting the minimal colors. These pairs of sunnies are my favorite and they give it the retro look. This is the bronze handmade purse from Mexico En La Piel I featured on my Fashion Rule #6 post. I absolutely love how this purse adds to the beachy retro vibe this outfit looks. And of course my other ultimate favorite shoes: platforms from Steve Madden. I have now realized I love this outfit because all my favorite pieces are in it!

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Last but not least, one of my favorite floral dresses from Sara’s! I got this dress last year from Sara the local boutique shop in Laredo. Honestly they have a lot of cute floral, trendy stuff all the time. A featured blog for Sara will be coming soon. But lets talk about the details on this dress! The color scheme to this dress is more of pastels so this is perfect for the spring. Since this dress is a bit formal but a bit fun, it can be worn to a day event or social. Absolutely love how this dress is short but has a long tail to it. I choose to complement the pink details on the dress by adding small drop earrings. I could have also chosen to highlight the subtle hints of purple. I wish I could wear this dress 24/7!

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Don’t forget to follow my Pinterest boards on more floral outfit ideas. Make sure you are styling floral correctly and if you ever have a question feel free to shoot me a DM through instagram.

 

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Fashion Rule #6: Find the perfect purse for the season

Purses are what makes your outfit complete. They also help carry everything you need to conquer the day. In this post I want to share with you my current go to spring purses and how I am styling them.

Purses can be the eye-catching accessory in your outfit of the day or can be the accessory that gives your outfit the vibe you’re going for. I personally try to own at least 3 different purses for each season. I know sometimes we stick to the same purse for a while because we carry a whole lot of unnecessary junk! LOL I have been there and I am guilty of carrying a worn out purse for a while. Remember you always want to change it up a bit and have your current purse be an outfit accessory, not just a bag used for carrying stuff.

Purses: The fashion accessory that carries your life!

My favorite brands to shop purses are Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Aldo’s. It is important to invest in a good brand so it will not wear out as fast and stay looking fresh longer time. I also don’t discriminate against purses so I buy from Forever 21 or Aeropostale. Whatever purse you choose make sure you care for it so it can last a while.

This first purse I got it from Aldo’s and its my second favorite cross-body! (My first favorite is my Kate Spade cross-body).

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If you follow me on insta, this was the purse you all voted for me to buy! I was in between this one and another flower print purse. Not regretting this purchase at all! Love the colors and the flowers, just perfect for the spring season. Since this purse has a lot going on, all you need to do is style it with simple colors. This ties in the girly vibe of the outfit. I wore it two different ways: cross-body and double strap. Even though its a small cross-body it has so many pockets that I love.

The second purse is also from Aldo’s and it’s from and old summer collection. I love this piece because it gives my outfit a beach vibe with the orange and navy stripes. I can definitely carry a whole lot more in this purse. For sure the statement piece is the purse in this outfit.

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And I have saved the best for last! I am currently obsessed with this bronze HANDMADE purse from Mexico en La Piel. This beauty comes all the way from Oaxaca in Mexico. As you know I love supporting small biz so make sure you go follow @mexicoenlapiel on instagram.

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Every fashion accessory comes from a specific place in Mexico and the best part is that they are HANDMADE! You will learn more about Mexico En La Piel through my business blog soon! I wear this beauty with everything and it fits anything! I would show you the outfit I used this with but this will be for the next fashion rule: FLORAL!

I challenge you to change out the purse you currently have. Make sure this fashion accessory is within the current spring season. If you need help choosing an awesome purse feel free to shoot me a DM through insta or shop Mexico El La Piel through their instagram feed.

Photos by: @martinxlove

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Fashion Rule #24: Know how to style statement earrings

Spring and summer are my all time favorite seasons to show off statement earrings. In this blog I want you to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with different types of earrings. At some point I was not used to big earrings and did not want to wear them at all. Studs and pearls were my favorite! But I noticed just by changing earrings my outfit would totally change. You could go from business professional to girly outfit just by the earrings! I now have so many statement earrings that I love and use all the time.

The bolder the earring, the bigger the statement!

For instance lets take this trendy off the shoulder ruffled shirt and show you how many different styles you can pull off by just changing earrings.

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Go for black and gold earrings for a night out paired with black denim and gold or black heels. The blue drop earrings can go perfect for an elegant look style with a patterned skirt. The top right earrings are currently my personal favorite! I feel they can make any outfit retro and current 90’s vibe. The bottom pink dangles can give your outfit of the day a girly look.

But my current absolute favorite have been the avocado earrings from Fruity Poms!

They are handmade and can add are the perfect match for a simple or colorful outfit for the season. Can you believe these are the mini size! Go check out their Instagram page and order these cuties or different kinds of fruits: cherries, strawberries, pomegranates, lemons, or watermelons! They not only make handmade fruit earrings but other awesome statement earrings that I know you will love!

Get out of your comfort zone and try statement earrings this week. I will assure you that will you fall in love with the extra style they add to your outfit of the day. Don’t forget to support small businesses and shop @fruitypoms insta feed.

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You are the Entrepreneurial Generation

As soon as I was introduced into the business world back in high school, I fell in love. I hadn’t discovered what I really wanted to do in the business world but just something kept on tugging at my heart. Throughout the years I embedded myself in books, podcasts, Ted Talks, TV shows all talking about business and its attributes. After reading several articles about business and the current trends this particular comment has stuck with me:

“Millenniums are the entrepreneurial generation”

The interviewer was describing my generation to be one of the most innovative and self-driven generation. Another article stated by 2020, 60% of the workforce will be made up of free lancers millenniums and generation Z’ers. After reading several more articles about my generation and its future predictions, I’ve become more convinced of that quote that has resonated with me.

At first I wanted to write specifically to the millennial entrepreneur. But as the months have gone by and I have been brainstorming about my business blog, I want to dedicate my writings to all those who have been suppressed, have been told no, or are simple scared to take the big step in the business world. As an aspiring self employed young adult, I have seen and spoken to many people who believe “they are too old” or that their “opportunity has already passed by”.  So just as I have believed in these strong words, I want you to believe you are more than capable of turning your dreams into reality. Through my writings, I want to encourage you to become aware of your potential and gain access to basic tools that will jump start your self employed journey. I will be interviewing local small business owners who have taken the leap of faith and have started their own brand. Will be creating some templates I personally use to prepare for my future business in hopes it will help you start somewhere. My hopes are to create a community of leaders who encourage each other and acknowledge the importance of entrepreneurship.

There are three things what I believe makes you the entrepreneur of your generation:

  1. Planning, planning, planning

  2. Turning fear into a strength

  3. Following your passion

Without planing before executing you will be lost and with no direction. Planning enables you to have a master game plan, avoid some mishaps, and have a backup plan in case you need to change direction. Have you ever heard of the quote “fear is a liar”? Well it certainly is in the business world. Fear of rejection, failure, debt, other’s opinions, etc. is the wall between you and your dream. If you don’t turn fear into strength, you wont hurdle over the wall to the side of your dream. Following your passion for me is the most easiest but difficult thing to do. Society or your parents tell you that you have to work in a income stable job to be successful. Money will come. Your happiness should be the most important thing. Whatever you’re passionate about you can make a living out of. I want to repeat that one more time….. what you are passionate about you CAN and ARE ABLE TO make a living off of it. It is just a matter of following these three steps to start your path to living out your dream.

The business world is not what it seems to be anymore. It used to be about power, authority, money, sales driven and egocentric people. I believe entrepreneurs of today have understood the importance of influence and providing a service for the people. It has no longer become about them but what they can do for the public in general. Business now revolves around this powerful tool called social media and its users. It is about engaging and providing the best product or service the audience needs.

Believe me everything I write speaks back to me and encourages me to follow the dream I’ve had for years in my heart. I love seeing people achieve and do what they love to do. That person can be you. Thank you for reading the first of many business blog writings. I want you to believe in yourself and grasp everything I will be sharing soon.

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Fashion Rule # 33: Stripes are a must in your closet

I cannot contain my excitement: stripes are so trending right now! Stripes can make your outfit of the day simple, clean and retro! I honestly love stripes because you can easily throw on a stripped shirt, some jeans, statement earrings and you’re good to go! I recently went to one of my favorite stores and they had a huge section dedicated to everything stripes.  You should have your basic stripped tee, a simple button down stripped shirt, and any type of stripped dress. Stripes can certainly be for any occasion but you must learn how to pair them up.

Stripes can be the focal point of your outfit depending on the type of stripes and colors paired

 

 

 

This first outfit is a little retro and 90’s, which i totally love. Always pair bold colors with a medium wash or blue pair of denim to make the colors stand out. Since the stripes are bold, all you need is basic earrings to complete the outfit. I decided to wear gold earrings that had a bit of blue in them to contrast the orange and gold strapped heels to compliment. Pair them with some oversized sunnies and you are so living the 90’s vibe.

 

 

This second outfit can be seen as more girly and dressed up. Because these stripes are closed together and thin, they can assemble a solid color from afar. I have paired these with some complementary statement earrings. I honestly love that this shirt is so unique and flows. The shirt is going to be the statement piece of the whole outfit so all you need to compliment it. This shirt could also go good with some orange earrings or hot pink cross-body bag. Anything that compliments blue is a go with this outfit!

Here is another way you can style the traditional black and while stripped shirt. This shirt is perfect for the spring and can be paired up with any color of shorts or denim. I have paired this shirt with some military green high wasted denim and some rose gold flip flops. The outfit on the right is paired up with black denim and gold sandals for more of a classic feel.

 

Whatever mood you are in for the day, stripes is what will easily get you fashionably dressed and ready for the day. Have a happy and productive Monday!

 

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The Journey Begins

W E L C O M E   T R E N D S E T T E R S !

Thank you for joining me on this new project I have embarked! This is specially dedicated to the trendsetter inside of you who wants to break out of your generation’s standards and be your authentic self. The purpose of this blog is to share my passions on fashion, leadership, business and Christianity lifestyle. I hope anything of what I write encourages and impacts you to lead the way in fashion or ideas that you will implement in life.

What you will be reading is a collection of my expressions, opinions, and testimonies as a female millennial who is being impacted by the current new trends. I apologize before hand for the raw, expressive posts I will write! I love to say it like it is, no filter attached sometimes. But hey, I hope it will challenge you to reflect on yourself and think a little bit outside the box.

Without further due, lets get trending!

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Don’t sit around and wait for the next trend to follow. Get up and set your own trends — Monica Bundy

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Fashion Rule #12 : You must own a little black dress

Welcome to my first fashion blog post! The Fashion Rule Book is designed to help you find your ideal fashion style. I will be writing about different types of clothing you should own in your closet and demonstrating how to pair them up. These fashion rules have all been created by my style of knowledge through magazines, blogs, and trends. I will be randomizing the rules as they go. Don’t feel pressured to follow these “rules” but use them as a guideline for your own specific style.

If you haven’t done so I encourage you to visit the About Me tab and learn more about my style icons, signature style, favorite brands and much more. Feel free to follow me on social media @xalicia13 to get hints on my upcoming posts, giveaways and much more. Lets start with one of the many basic fashion rules I believe will help you dress for any occasion.

#12: You must own a little black dress

Girls if you don’t own a simple little black dress go shop for one now! This is an easy, go-to dress for any occasion. Since this Texas weather has been super crazy these first few months of the year, a black dress is the perfect medium for any season dress.

I have paired this little black dress with some velvet blush booties from Steve Madden. I decided to add a splash of color by adding the mesh dress on top (which can be used with another dress color or as a shirt). No need to add anything else the flowery mesh dress is your focal point of the outfit, all you need is some hoop earrings of your choice.

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Don’t be afraid to combine two different textiles in one outfit: in this occasion, velvet with mesh. Layering hasn’t gone out of style and with this outfit I needed the little hint of blue from the flowers to contrast and pop out. I decided to add a blue denim button down long sleeve as  outer wear.

 

 

 

Half-way wearing a layering piece is currently trending so of course I had to do it! This outfit can be used for a birthday dinner, date or even a night out. I was (literally) on top of the world with this choice of outfit for the day!

Two other different styles you can wear a little black dress:

Elegant:                                                               Hanging Out:

  • Statement Necklace/Earrings                               •  Converse or Vans
  • Bold deep colors: Red, Royal Blue                         •  Denim Jacket
  • Colored/patterned heels                                         •  Crossbody Bag
  • Bold lipstick                                                               •  Oversized Sunglasses

I have created a Pinterest board on my Fashion Rule Book. There you will be able to find more ways to wear a little black dress in summer, winter, spring and fall. Remember this basic fashion rule always! There will be more coming your way!

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Photo credits: Siam @siam.png