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!


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  As you may already know, accessories are our absolute favorite because they can instantly transform an outdated wardrobe into a fresh new one, saving some closet space and a whole lot of dollar bills.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

Mar 11, 2014

[Street Style] Black and White Graphic Prints

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 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!



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

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



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
(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
(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
(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. 



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!)



Sep 23, 2013


 Another hot new clothing line that I discovered and "fell in love" with while at WWD MAGIC Trade show was Dolly & Molly, which will be opening up a showroom/ store in Los Angeles very shortly!
 Bold, fun, playful and nowhere near basic is how I can describe Dolly & Molly.  Every piece is a STATEMENT piece, and that's a good thing.

Above I am wearing a Dolly & Molly sweatshirt top (gifted) which got a lot of attention while at MAGIC.  Everyone wanted to know where this unique and BOLD piece was from.  I am very excited to welcome Dolly & Molly to LA!



[WWD MAGIC Discovery]: KLING

While walking the floor at WWD MAGIC trade show I came to a complete stop and had to backtrack as I did a double take at the Kling booth.  I am not sure if it was the soft and welcoming pastels, or the polka dot trench at the front of the booth what caught my eye.  What I do know is that I can't get enough of Kling!  Kling is a clothing like from Spain that retails online (Modcloth and others)  and in brick and mortar boutiques in the U.S.   
I am obsessed with the playful and classic lady-like silhouettes and fun and playful unique graphic prints.  I am usually not a "girly girl" but this line has a girly- meets cool chic vibe which is new and fresh.
Majority of all the pieces usually retail for under $100 and the prints that are used throughout the knits and accessories are exclusive to Kling.  Below you can see their exclusive "brick" print used in the handbag pictured in the middle.
Below, you can see their exclusive "Sprinkle/Donut" print which was applied to a classic quilted chain strap handbag (love the contrast).
I will definitely be on the lookout for this fun new line (to the U.S), you can visit the website here.

Sep 17, 2013

[Out and About]: WWD MAGIC Day One Highlights

As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to set off to Vegas a few weeks ago to get a first hand look a all the crazy amazing madness that is the WWD MAGIC Trade Show.  Below I have included some snapshots from my Day one there. 

Upon arrival on Sunday (the day before WWD MAGIC kicks off) as an Official  WWD MAGIC Blogger I was able to get a run through and a sneak peek at the floor before the madness started!
It was great experience to get to take a peek at the behind the scenes action and work that goes into the setup of all the booths, vendors and show in general.  The phrase "it takes an army" especially applies here.
After our arrival and walk though we were handed an amazing load of goodies courtesy of some brand and vendors showcasing at the trade show.  Above you can find goodies from Bettie Page Footwear, Imoshion, Too Faced, TUK Footwear, Dolly and Molly, BCBGeneration, Lolly, LUSH and Ivanka Trump Handbags.   I am more than set for the  fall season!
As you may or may not know ( If you follow on IG, then you MUST know) I am a foodie! I love food and love to eat a good meal.  After a super long day filled with airports, settling in the hotel room, meeting (lots) of new and beautiful faces and walking the floor and taking in the massive size of what WWD MAGIC consists of, I was beyond stoked to have delish meal at the Cosmo's Wicked Spoon Buffet.

As a WWD MAGIC blogger and influencer, I was there on a mission: to walk the floor, report on trends, hot items and share a bit about my opinions on the importance of social media in retail and other topics.  Above is a picture of where all the MAGIC happened... the WWD MAGIC "Social House".

Roomie (Fresh Jess)  and I could not resist the In n Out temptation after a LONG day of work, so we grabbed a cab and made it a mission to get ourselves to the nearest In n Out! So worth it by the way! 
Finished off the night by enjoying the amazing Yeah Yeah Yeah's perform at the Cosmo rooftop,  all thanks to Bigstar USA and Bollare.
Oh yes, I could not leave out the selfie picture!
There's more Vegas MAGIC goodness to come.