LA CATRINA de LA Moda

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

May 30, 2014

[The IT List: JUNE] White, Silver, Brights + Polka Dots

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June is here friends, which means lots of fun summer days and nights ahead. Here you have a little "IT" list that we have compiled for the month of June.  We are loving fun accessories with bright colors, interesting textiles, textures and metallic finishes.  A polka dot romper is the perfect piece to dress down for a weekend getaway of to dress up for a night out on the town.  All of the items above are great additions to a wardrobe and can be mixed and matched with more "basic" staples in order to add a fun and adventurous vibe.  Tell us what's on your "IT" list this June??


Xx

La Catrina Style

May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas- Classy Momma Gift Guide

I am a creature of procrastination, especially when it comes to gift shopping.  Because of this lovely habit of mine, it is that you find this Mother's Day Gift Guide just days before.  I like to gift my momma feminine, classic items that she normally would not indulge in.  Inspired by my mother I have put together a "Classy Momma" gift guide for you.

Sparkly and feminine stud earrings are the perfect way to bring light and highlight mom's beautiful face.   Look for styles with an extra special touch such as floral shapes, or interesting and new shapes and stones.   
There is no sun glass shape as classy and iconic as the cat eye style (in my humble opinion).  My mom usually plays it safe when picking out sunglasses, so what better way to get mom to start rocking the super fab cat eye than by giving her a pair.  This one is super affordable by Marc Jacobs.
The same story applies with watches, there is no way mom would normally go for an over sized menswear inspired watch. So,  lets gift her this fab one by Michael Kors and maybe we can borrow it sometime? 
The shade of pink on this Kate Spade mini pendant necklace is perfection and the price is super affordable as well.
Bold Bag and Scarf Combo: J Crew Scarf and Kate Spade Bag
There is quite nothing as fab as a beautiful bag accessorized with a tied printed scarf, this is the ultimate combo and the ultimate gift  for mom.

Now I leave you with a video (in Spanish) of some of my recent styling work, just in case you need more (last minute) mother's day gift ideas.  Table top styling by (me under La Catrina Style) all gifts available at Macy's.


Happy Mother's Day
Feliz Dia de Las Madres
xo
Ariana Cabral- Founder/ Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style

May 2, 2014

[Working Girl Chic] Finding Cute (& WEARABLE) Spring Shoes

When it comes to shoe shopping, there are two main rules to be passed in other to
 purchase. The fist is that the shoes have to be cute and the second is that the shoes 
have to be comfy.  Well, these two "qualifiers" don't always come easy, but here
 is a video where I share with you some of my favorite spring shoes of the
 moment that are ACTUALLY wearable and walkable for the whole day!

 *Don't forget to share with me any fashion and style questions you may have. Feel
free to ask away via my Twitter, Insagram and Facebook, I won't mind I promise.*

The following are the shoes that were featured in the video:
RL Denim & Supply White Sandal  // Chinese Laundry Black Studded Sandal
 //  Lucky Brand Tan Sandal  //  Nine West Silver Sandal  //
  BCBGeneration Tan Flat Sandal  //  Vince Camuto Black Sandal Bootie
 //  Vans Authentic Leopard  //  Vans Hi-Top Slim Classic

Besos,
Ariana Cabral- Founder / Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style

Apr 28, 2014

The Perfect [Bandana Print] Dress


Saying that I have been living in this Vans Girls Spring Collection Dress is an understatement. As soon as I threw it on for the first time, I knew we were going to be good friends. My closet was lacking a light and comfortable spring/ summer dress until this dress came along. Now, I am seriously considering getting the same dress in the back color as well. Below, I show you how to wear the dress in an easy, effortless, comfortable way by combining it with some of my favorite of the moment accessories.   
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If you follow my Instagram feed, I am sure you have noticed that these mid-heel gladiator sandals are my favorite (and on major repeat).  They are just so comfortable, the best part is that I can wear them all day long at work and on my day long weekend adventures as well.  This has inspired me to possibly compose a short video to share with you some of my favorite spring (wearable) shoe options.  Let's see if this video happens! Wish me luck.

Xx

Ariana Cabral - Founder/ Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style 


Apr 20, 2014

Summer Gladiator


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Summer is fast approaching us and just like some years ago, this year the gladiator is the "IT" Summer sandal.  There are different variations, all adding that rough around the edges vibe.  Above, are some of our favorite options all within a "do-able" price range.  Effortless and anything but girly, below are three easy ways to rock the "summer gladiator" look.


[PLAY] Pair a below the knee length gladiator sandal with bold but simple shapes, such as this printed t-shirt dress, add a statement necklace, fringe bag and hat and you are good to go for some weekend fun in the sun.

[WORK] Comfort is key when it comes to work outfits.  What better gladiator option than this mid-heel style.  Bold and comfortable is a combination we love.  Basic separates with a statement necklace is a workplace "go-to". Combine an asymmetrical button down and skirt and don't forget a handy tote and you have the perfectly stylish work uniform.

[DRESS-UP] Nothing say's dress up like a crop top and lady-like skirt combination.  Don't forget to add a pop of color with a bold lip color and a bright yellow purse and you have the perfect outfit for a night out on the town.

There you have it, don't be scared to give the gladiator a try this time around!

xx

Ariana Cabral - Founder/ Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style

Apr 15, 2014

[La Catrina Style] 4 Accessories That Will Transform Your Spring Outfits!



There is always a misconception that in order to be up to par with a new season, one must shop a lot.  This is false.  As you may already know, accessories are our absolute favorite because they can instantly transform an outdated wardrobe into a fresh new one, saving some closet space and a whole lot of dollar bills.  Above we share with you four simple, affordable and super fresh items that will immediately vamp up your spring basics.

Asos Yellow Mid Heel Sandals: These sandals offer the perfect pop of bright color.  The chunky heel and mid-height is a new update.  The best part is that they are super walkable and "everyday" friendly.  Feel free to wear them with everything (we are not kidding!) from a black midi- pencil skirt, a white summer dress to your favorite pair of short, short summer shorts.

Vince Camuto White Bucket Bag: One sentence, white is the color (shade) of the season.  What better way to rock it than with this super modern and "go-with-everything" bucket bag.

Ray-Ban 58mm Aviator Sunglasses Black: If you are going to invest in one pair of sunglasses this Spring, we recommend you go for an aviator style.  If there is a style of sunglasses that can stand the test of time it's definitely the aviator. We are loving the black mirrored lens with the black frame giving the classic staple a slight new update.

Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari 'Cadence' Flat: The black and white color combo continues to be on our radar this season.  What better way to spruce up a pair of basic blue jeans and a white tee than with these color blocked pointed flats.  This is the perfect shoe to have on hand to add polish to a basic outfit for work. A fun option is to pair it with fun unexpected pieces such as cut off shorts or a mini summer dress in order to add a fun and eclectic vibe to your weekend outfits.

There you have it!
It's not how much you buy, but what you buy that creates the magic in your closet.

Ariana Cabral - Founder/ Lead Stylist at La Catrina Style
xx 

Mar 11, 2014

[Street Style] Black and White Graphic Prints

[on Ariana]
 top: UO (similar style)   /     skirt: Peter Pilotto for Target     /     shoes: Marc Fisher at Macy's (similar style)    /    handbag: Michael Kors

Hola!  So I have long returned from the non-blogging grave I had previously buried myself into.  I have noticed that I have been resorting back to basic closet staples and pieces.  I no longer reach for the super bright and funky colors and pieces, although I miss the eclectic-ness of mixing and matching these pieces.... it's okay.  I have added basic staples to my wardrobe (in black of course).  These tried and true pieces, such as my go-to black bag and black stacked heels are life (I must I say closet) savers!

Even though I am in a basic black, neutral stage, this does not mean I can't add a little eclectic vibe and spontaneity to my looks.  Here I combined two graphic black and white prints to add a little "it" factor.

Here are some tips when mixing prints:

- Make sure that both prints are proportionately compatible.  Many times if the prints are very similar in size and color, they will just blend in with each other and there will be no contrast between the mixing pieces.  Remember, we want contrast, if not we might look like a large printed blob.

- Don't be afraid to try!  Many times, when looking at the prints sparely we might think " woah this is going to be too much", I recommend you hold them up to each other to get a feel for the combination and you can be surprised by how they "work" together.

If you are not sure, have someone take a picture of you wearing the mixed prints (or you can take a selfie).  Many times we have to step back and look at the overall mix of prints from a different perspective.  If the print mix combination looks off in the photo, then chances are it's not a good combo.

- Lastly, have fun with it! Remember, it's just fashion and at the end of the day if you love what you are wearing, then that's all that matters!


xo, 

Ari

Jan 26, 2014

La Catrina Style: Spring Forward


It feels like the winter season has come and gone and we were left  with nothing but warm weather, well at least here in LA. Instead of complaining about the warm weather and the lack of cold weather, we have decided to embrace it and Spring Forward! When it comes to getting in the mood for spring, the easiest and first step should be  to update your makeup and jewelry.  Below, I share with you the products that were featured in a recent  styling project for a television segment. (in this case "product styling"). All products can be found at Macy's stores.
         
One color that I cannot resist for jewelry is mint! It's fresh, fun, not as girly as expected and when combined with bold shapes and interesting textures it can add an instant update to a dull winter look.  If dark blues are more of your thing then switch out the mint jewelry for a bold shade of deep blue nail polish, my favorite shade from the Chanel ones pictured above is "Magic"which is the perfect deep rich shade of blue. 

Another look I am digging for this spring is the "all white" look. If you have no white in your closet it's okay, simply opt for bold white and gold statement jewelry pieces which are an edgy and fresh use of white. Another option is rocking the white nail polish (Michael Kors brand pictured above) paired with a bronzed makeup look (Benefit Cosmetics bronzers pictured above) this is easy and perfect combination to set us off on the right direction for a warmer weather vibe. 

Lastly, if peach, roses and corals shades are more of your thing then you will love the new Chanel cream blush! Don't forget to add a large three dimensional statement necklace to keep the look interesting and bold. 

There you have it, a little look at my work. The images above show the exact visual display set up for a Macy's television segment for Unvision network.  What do you think!? What are some of your favorite ways to update and set foot into "spring territory"?

Besos x
Ari

Nov 27, 2013

Lovely November

 November has pretty much come and gone, racing by way too fast.  November is and has always been my favorite month of the year, of course because it's my birthday month!  Turning another year, turning another page, another chapter in my life makes me nervous (because time seems to go by faster) and excited for all the great things yet to come.  I am extremely thankful for all the kind wishes, thoughts and all the love I received from those around me.  Last note: No I did not turn 21! ha.

besos y abrazos

xo

Ari


Nov 14, 2013

[La Catrina Style] Macy's Fall Runway Accessory Trends on Univision

I know I have fallen off the face of the blogging world within the last months/ year, but I am here to make it up to you! I originally wanted to write a formal transitional post introducing you to the new content I plan on sharing in future blog posts, but here goes a little informal 411.  I have recently founded La Catrina Style, a styling firm.  This blog will give you a behind the scenes glimpse at my work as a fashion and product stylist, personal shopper and wardrobe consultant in LA (+ the usual outfits and school shenanigans from before).  I hope enjoy the new content.

Below I share with you a few behind the scenes  of my most recent project with Macys and Univision, where we chose three prominent Fall Fashion trends; "Grunge/ Punk", "Menswear Inspired" and    "Colorblock Party"and translated them into accessories. We showed viewers how to achieve the "runway look" by way of accessories. 


Martha Gil de Montes Spokesperson and PR Manager for Macys and Fernanda Kelly host of Lanzate live on air.
"Punk/ Grunge" Runway inspiration. (Image source style.com)
(Macy's Merchandise featured)
Add glamour and sophistication to grunge and punk looks by adding touches of black and gold. 
"Menswear" Fall 2013 Runway inspiration  (images from style.com)
(Macy's Merchandise featured)
Menswear inspired footwear is a hot item this fall and add edge to any feminine look.
"Colorblock Party" Runway inspiration. (Images from style.com)
(Macy's Merchandise featured)
A new take on Colorblock is present this Fall, the blocks are more modern and balanced out by neutrals. 
And here I am sneaking in a little "behind the scenes" outfit of the day photo, to make up for the lack of  outfit updates these last months. 

Xx

Ari

Sep 24, 2013

[Out and About] WWD MAGIC: Day Two Highlights

Ready to take on "Day Two" of WWD MAGIC Tradeshow!
 It feels great to be a part of the WWD action.  As soon as you step into the show floor there is such a great energy and vibe.  
 It was fun to share some of our insight when it came to "top" booth picks.  All bloggers were assigned a time to go and scout and search the floor, pick up the items they liked the most and then share with buyers, bloggers and other guests of the Social House.
 It was a pleasure to participate in the discussion panel regarding social media at the WWD MAGIC Social House.  Other bloggers and I discussed on the different advantages of different social media platforms and shared our opinions on how to use them effectively to engage viewers.
 I started the day off with different shoes, halfway through the day I had to make the switch to flat sandals.  It's very difficult to wear chic high heel shoes when you are working on your feet ALL day! 

The Vegas lights never get old!  It was my first time in Vegas for work and not for "play" so it was a little different than what I was used to.  However, the fact that WWD MAGIC happens in Vegas, makes for a more unique and memorable experience (at least for me!)

xx

Ari