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Oct 21, 2014

[The IT List: Fall Footwear] Key Players

October marks the stepping stone to amazing fall and winter weather, meaning cozy outfits and finally (in Los Angeles) layered outfit possibilities.   I hate to play favorites, but October, November & December are my favorite months of the year to plan and come up with outfits.  Maybe it's because my birthday lands on November (& my shopping budget goes up generously) or maybe it's because I love outerwear and boots, okay maybe it's both. So, what better time than now to take a look at three footwear styles that are the must have "key players" for Fall and Winter. 


[images from Pinterest, Scent of Obsession, Fashion Landscape]
 We all know that fall is about boots and closed toe shoes, but these three styles below have a new and fresh vibe, when styled accordingly (see inspiration board above) Now for the picks...
There is no doubt about it, I am crazy about sneakers, especially about dressing them up and mixing them into an outfit in an unexpected way.  During spring and summer it was all about combining the sneaker with a leather mini skirt or a girly dress.  For fall and winter, it's all about combining the "it" sneaker with leather pants or leggings, a blazer, or my favorite... a long coat or trench.  Think basic, but better.
The point is back, I know you are thinking duh! Well, lets say it's back, but better.  Pointed animal print boots in pony hair are perfect for those blue jean and white tee outfits, a no brainer look!  A laced up pointed pump will add edge and a tough flair to a girly dress or a classic shift dress.  Lastly, a pointed hybrid boot (its' a mix of a mule, sandal & boot!) in a deep fall shade (black works too) paired with a pencil skirt and a cozy over sized crew neck sweater is all you need for the perfect minimal no fuss outfit.
[black & white]   [tan leather]   [black]
Last but not least and maybe the most adorable yet confused style is the "Sandal Boot".  This shoe is perfect for our crazy, confused and warmer Los Angeles fall weather, because it has the look of a boot and the feel of a sandal.  This style goes with everything, jeans, dress pants, skirts, dresses, it's soooo versatile, easy to wear and super walkable when the heel is stacked/ blocked.

There you have it, feel free to share and shop this shoe guide.

Besitos,

Ariana Cabral, Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style


Sep 22, 2014

[What I Wore] Ross Fall Faves: Sweat Pants


[faux leather jacket, tee, sweat pants, necklace, purse & pumps all from Ross Stores]

I am sure you know the drill by now. Here we have another look from the Ross Fall Faves Style challenge, which means another complete head to toe fall look all under $100!  I have been a fan of dressing up sweat pants for years (proof here and here) so when I found myself inside the store in search of a cozy "rainy day" outfit I ran to these sweat pants as they hung on the rack.  I have done the sweat pant "thing" before and the trick is to stick to neutral colors.  This time I went with black and grey and topped off the look with a moto (faux) leather jacket and added black pumps for a polished vibe.  I am a huge fan of EVERY SINGLE piece featured in this outfit.  The best part is that all pieces  can be re-used individually to create a totally different look.  Okay, I lied.  The best part is that all the pieces featured in this outfit are total STEALS, yes I repeat....everything was under $100. So, who wants to go budget shopping with me!?

Head on over to the Ross FB page to vote for your favorite look and you will enter for a chance to win a $150 gift card to create your very own Fall Must Have look.

Stay tuned for the remaining look and for a little budget shopping guide next.

Besos,

Ariana Cabral, Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style






Sep 19, 2014

[What I Wore] Ross Fall Faves: Midi - Dress

[ Full outfit is from Ross Dress for Less & under $100 ]

Here we have outfit two of the Ross Fall Must Haves Style Challenge and again the head to toe outfit was all purchased for under $100!  I normally am not a dress person, I usually go for separates. However when on a budget and wanting to make a statement a printed dress will always do the trick.  I like to toughen up dresses by adding pieces that will balance out the femininity of a dress.  Here I added a menswear inspired army/ military jacket and a suede open toe bootie.  Head on over to the Ross FB page to vote for your favorite look and you will enter for a chance to win a $150 gift card to create your very own Fall Must Have look!

Stay tuned for the remaining looks and for a little Budget shopping guide.

Besos,

Ariana Cabral, Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style

Sep 11, 2014

[What I Wore] All Black at the Track

top: Vans Girls     /     skirt: ZARA      /     sandals: Steve Madden       /     purse: Rebecca Minkoff    /       necklace: Missguided

I decided to go for an "all black" look for the final closing day of Del Mar Racetrack.   It was great night as the sun set we placed some bets and enjoyed the Steve Aoki performance [a huge thanks to LosPonies.com and ABR Live]

As for my outfit, I figured I would go for the gladiator sandals before summer ends, glad I was able to rock them for a bit!  Clearly, I am ready for some fall fashion.  Fall, bring it on!

Besos xo

Ariana Cabral
Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style


Sep 1, 2014

[What I Wore] Ross Fall Faves: Mixed Prints



[full outfit is from Ross Dress For Less]

I am getting ready for the fall season, and have joined the Ross Fall Must Haves Style Challenge.  Where I styled four full looks for fall, all under $100 each!  I am all about affordable style and shopping smart so this "style challenge" was a fun one and what "La Catrina Style" is all about.  Throughout the month Ross will be releasing a weekly look on their Facebook page.  The best part is that by voting for your favorite look you will enter to win a $150 gift card to create your own look. [Click here to vote]

For the first look, I combined prints and textures for a fun feminine outfit perfect for a "girls night out".  Adding a dash of gold jewelry and a bright lipstick gives the outfit a little extra personality. What I like the most about this outfit is that ALL the pieces can be used over (and over) again in different ways giving us more "fashion" value.  I plan on re-wearing the fuzzy sweater with jeans and booties once the weather gets chilly and definitely plan on pairing the plaid skirt with a simple tank, the gold necklace and a moto jacket later on!  

I hope you enjoy this little style challenge, which proves that you don't need to spend a lot of money to rock a fab outfit. Stay tuned for the remaining three looks and for a little Ross shopping guide.

Besos, 

Ariana Cabral, Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style 

Aug 28, 2014

[Back to School] First Day of Class

Back in the day, when I went to school there was nothing more exciting and full of anticipation than the first day of school.  So many questions, the most important one of course was "what to wear!?" In celebration of all the youngins' that are headed back to school (or already are back) we have decided to pretend we are also going back to school! If we had our "First Day of School" back, then the most important and fun question would remain... what would our first day of school outfit look like!? Below is what our ideal first day of school outfit would look like today! A little bit cool, a little bit effortless, a little mismatched and with the perfect dose of glam thanks to the cat eye sunnies and red lipstick we added.  Click on the links below for full item details.

To finish off, we leave you with a Back To School Macy's fashion video that we recently worked on.   Even if you don't go to school anymore, you can still rock a cool pair of kicks or backpack.  Share with us what your first day of class outfit would look like!


Stay Cool! xx

Ariana Cabral, Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style

Aug 4, 2014

Out and About [Del Mar]: Opening Day

A few weeks ago, we headed south to the San Diego area for a little weekday (felt like a weekend) getaway.  Thanks to the boyfriend I have learned to love horse racing.  The horses are beautiful, the track is filled with anxiety and emotion, it's the perfect opportunity to dress up and a fun place to people watch, what is there not to love about horse racing.  It was my third time visiting the Del Mar racetrack, but I must say it was the best yet.  This time around I was able to get a behind the scenes look of the beautiful track, I was even able to set foot inside the paddock. Yes, I know, pretty amazing!

To make the trip even better this time around, we decided to make our trip a little weekday vacay.  We stayed nearby the track at a very cute hotel and lounged by the pool that night.  The next day we strolled around Solana beach and soaked up the sun and took in the beautiful beach view.  I seriously can't wait to explore more next time around.

xx

Ariana Cabral- Founder and Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style

Jun 30, 2014

[What I Wore] Repeat Offenders




dress: Vans     /   bag: Michael Kors     /    necklace + hat: Forever 21     /      shoes: ZARA    /      sunglasses: House of Harlow 1960  

When I love an item from my closet, there is no doubt that it will be repeated and repeated until I am sick of it, until it no longer fits properly or until it shreds to pieces.  There is nothing wrong with repeating pieces, as a matter of fact in my humble opinion the best wardrobe is the one that contains the most re-wearable garments and accessories.  Many times we get fed an idea that articles of clothing and even accessories should not be repeated, this happens even more so as "fast fashion" becomes "faster" and more commonplace.  Well, I love me some fast fashion and I love experiencing and trying new trends, but I try to not be a "slave"of fast fashion culture.  It may be that I am tired of having to deal with low quality (one time use) pieces and / or that I am growing older and wiser, but I have no shame in wearing something over and over.  In my case, the fun in fashion is all about mixing, matching and reworking existing pieces in as many ways as possible.  I like to call it fashion math.

Long story short, it's TOTALLY okay to re-wear garments and accessories.   In this post I am wearing some of my favorite pieces and to prove my point, here is a break down:

-Hat and necklace are both from two years ago
- Sunglasses are from three (maybe more) years ago
-Handbag was bought last fall
-Sandals are from last year
-Dress is from Vans' current spring/summer line, but I have worn it endlessly !

And there you have it, some of my best/most favorite outfits all consist of very old (re-worked) pieces or items I have scored for very cheap prices in the past.

Xx

Ariana Cabral


Jun 25, 2014

[What I Wore] Graphic Appeal

tank: ZARA     /     skirt: Target      /     sunglasses: Ray Ban     /     shoes: Lucky Brand

It has been a (long) while since the last "traditional" outfit post, which makes me very happy to finally have an update.  I have been gravitating towards neutral tan leather accessories and bold skirts, it's an easy and no-fail formula. I have a fun video in the works so stay tuned! 

xx

Ariana Cabral

Jun 11, 2014

[Out & About] Santa Anita Race Track & Park

Not to brag or anything like that, but I must say that Summer is a beautiful thing in LA and in Southern California in general.  This past weekend we headed to Santa Anita Park for a little horse race and fun in the sun action.

The weather was sunny and perfect, to stroll around the park, catch a few horse races, grab a few beers and people watch, my favorite part!

When it comes to "horse race attire" we tend to think of Kentucky Derby stylish ladies and sharp dressed men.  However, I like to stay true to my laid-back and "chill" aesthetic and don't feel comfortable walking / stomping around the track in three inch heels and a tight and stuffy dress.  Therefore, I usually dress as if I am attending a Summer music festival.  
[Outfit Details]
 hat: F21     /     kimono: TJ Maxx  (similar one)   /    shorts: Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply    /    shoes: Lucky Brand    /     sunglasses: House of Harlow 1960

Excited to post more on our weekend adventures and other "off duty" fun stuff. Keep in touch via  Twitter and Instagram and tell us, what are some of your favorite "fun in the sun" weekend adventures/ destinations?

xx

Ariana Cabral -  Founder & Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style