Ever since I was a little kid I have always loved putting collages together and drawing things I'm interested. This is probably why I'm obsessed with polyvore, it's kind of a grown-up version of that. Something that I have been especially into for a few years is making inspiration boards. I first read about this concept in Teen Vogue, and it appealed to me instantly. An inspiration board is full of things that inspire you and motivate you to achieve your goals and aspirations. It's supposed to be a visual representation of what you love and what you're passionate about. I hadn't updated mine for months, so this weekend I decided to completely revamp it! I am becoming more and more in love with London and Paris, and I am determined to go there sometime in the next few years, so I added a few photos of their landscapes. I also added some street style photos of my favorite people to give me inspiration fashion wise! Also, inspirational quotes are a must. I am always looking out for a great quote, because they are a great reminder of whats important and how to live life. Here are a few photos of my inspiration board, I hope they give you all some ideas for yours! xx Flo
Lately I have been noticing the trend of printed denim everywhere. Last year it began with printed denim jeans with florals and dots, but this year it has spread to shirts and even shoes! I am loving how it looks as effortless as wearing your favorite pair of jeans, but 10 times more fun.
As usual, I am so fond of Topshop's designs, and their printed denim looks are no different. I put this set together which includes a few of them, along with some of a couple pairs of Keds which would be an a great way to subtly work this trend int your wardrobe. I think a pair of these shorts would look fantastic with a loose white tank top and sandals for the beach, or pair these printed jeans with a sheer button up and flats for a day out.
Here are some of my favorite people wearing the printed denim trend! Most noteably, Rosie Huntington Whiteley wore a pair of floral + denim cutoffs with a blouse and booties. This look was so perfect for the festival she was at and definitely made her stand out amongst the other celebrities there.
I will definitely be wearing my American Apparel high waisted floral shorts this summer, so look out for an outfit post! xx Flo
Music festivals have always been fascinating to me, especially the fashion! I love to see how peoples' everyday style transforms into a festival fairytale version of it. People start to express themselves, and every year there are such amazing looks. From the crochet details on shorts and vests to the different styles of sunnies, festival fashion is definitely the quintessential summertime look. Here are a few sets I've put together for some of the festivals going on this summer! Each different festival has it's own music scene and background so I've styled them accordingly.
Leeds is a festival that takes place in August in England. It's most often referred to as a rock festival, where bands like Foals and Bastille will be playing. I decided to pick this white sundress from Monki because of how carefree it looks along with a floral headband from New Look. Also accessorized with Topshop cutout boots and the Mulberry Alexa bag, this outfit screams british.
Like the Leeds festival, Lollapalooza also takes place in August. However this festival is here in the US, specifically Chicago. The Postal Service, Mumfords and Sons, The Killers and Ellie Goulding are just a few of the amazing acts that will be performing there. For this outfit, I took some inspiration from miss Goulding herself, and opted for some fun leather hotpants. Along with a loose zara blouse, I accessorized with an amazing Mulberry bag and floppy hat. This outfit would be great for watching live music.
The Newport Folk Festival, taking place at the end of July! I went to this festival a couple years ago to see one of my favorite bands, Tegan and Sara, perform. It was almost like a dream! The stages are right on the seaside, and there are local retailers selling everything from bracelets to food. Sadly this year I don't have time to attend, but some great acts will be there including Fiest and The Lumineers. Outfit-wise, I decided to go for something a bit nautical and use neutral colors. Denim is a must have at any festival, so I have paired some topshop dungarees with a collared top and ASOS sandals.
Onto the next festival, The Midi festival taking place on the French Riviera in July. This is a smaller festival, but has some exceptional fashion! Some of their acts include the UK's underground artists like The Horrors and Hebronix. For this outfit, I decided to add some color with these amazing topshop shorts. I have a feeling they were made especially for festival season! I paired them with a Monki blouse, Topshop studded boots, wayfarers and a satchel to carry around any festival goodies!
Coachella; probably one of the most famous festivals. Coachella is one of the most star-studded events of the summer, with celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Lucy Hale. Sadly this festival has come and gone this year, but some of the acts included the lovely Ben Howard and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For this outfit, I chose a flowy smock dress by Mink Pink and paired it with some closed-toed asos sandals and Ray-Ban clubmasters.
Lastly, Glastonbury in June. Hands down, one of the biggest festivals in the world, not to mention it's also on my bucket list to attend! So many of my favorite acts from Beyonce to my love Ed Sheeran have graced the Glastonbury stages. This year some local talent like The 1975 and Example will be playing, as well as headliners like The Rolling Stones and The Arctic Monkeys. For my Glastonbury outfit, I decided to be weather appropriate, and pair some hunter wellies with a denim shirt dress. To accessorize I chose a lovely Mulberry bag, wayfarers and some fun beaded bracelets.
I have recently come across an amazing outerwear company called Penfield! Every piece they sell has a great classic look, and they were actually established here in Massachusetts. Everyone here usually opts for a North Face or Patagonia coat, but this fall / winter I've decided to go against the current and pick up one of Penfield's brightly colored parkas instead. I love how these jackets are weather proof and very stylish. Here are a few outfits I've created to wear with them!
This first yellow coat is the one I'm most obsessed with! The bright color looks amazing with a navy cardigan and medium wash jeans.
This next outfit is for a warmer, rainy day. I love how the pop of color in these coats can give an otherwise monochrome outfit some fun! The look of a printed oxford shirt under them is to die for.
This next outfit is a more casual way to wear Penfield's Rochester jacket. With it's navy color and a pair of boyfriend jeans, this look is the ultimate sunday hangout outfit.
This jacket, called the Military Jacket, is one of Penfield's more sophisticated pieces. I think it would look amazing with a cream sweater and taupe boots.
Lastly, this is one of Penfield's more cold-weather coats called the Vassan Gingham Panel jacket. I love how it mixes the solid color sleeves / hood with the gingham pattern of the body. I'd wear a pair of white converse and a topshop knit with it, then some aviators to finish off the look.
Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr. The title of this book immediately drew me into it, along with my love for Miranda. The modeling world is so cut-throat, and girls have been known to do drastic things to themselves to stay afloat in it, so I am very proud of Miranda for not taking that route. Along with being beautiful, she is also extremely intelligent and has some great advice for young girls in this book! It was such a fun and helpful read, I know I'll be keeping it close by for moments when I need reassurance or comforting words. Along with personal anecdotes, Miranda talks about how to have confidence, good self image, deal with jealousy, nutrition, relationships, optimism, gratitude, good energy and more. I'm going to separate this review into a few key points, so I hope you like it!
First off, Miranda talks about how important confidence is. She says, "When you accept and appreciate yourself you can handle and situation with class, dignity, and respect". I think this is such an important thing to remember. Although confidence is a very personal thing, it also affects everyone around you because it changes the way you behave. I know for me, I have struggled with being completely confident (everyone does, even Miranda) but I am continually working on it. On days when I am feeling more sure of myself, I do much better work and have better interactions with the people around me. Miranda also talks about something she called "your authentic self", and what a genuinely authentic person is. She says, "Your authentic self doesn't have to be picture perfect to society's standards". This is so true, and put in a beautiful way.
Self Esteem and Beauty
From Miranda's experience as a supermodel, I expected her to be very wise on the topic of beauty. On the runway she exudes beauty and self assuredness. It really shocked me when she talked about struggling to accept how she looked. What I love most about her beauty philosophy is that she thinks of being beautiful as a state of mind. She says, "When a woman decides to be beautiful she radiates confidence and makes the most of her own traits and characteristics". I agree with this so much. I think that when someone is very accepting of their appearance, it shows in their actions and overall presence.
Health and Nutrition
Being an avid Miranda fan, I already knew that she is very into nutrition and giving your body the exercise and nutrients it needs (she actually went to school for Psychology and Nutrition). About a year ago I actually became interested in yoga, and have gone to different classes all because of her influence. Miranda has one simple rule when it comes to diet: 80% healthy, 20% indulgence. She talks about how when she first became health conscious she would deprive herself of all indulgent foods, and how that would make her want them more. I think that I'm the same way, and that I succeed most when my sweets are in moderation instead of completely gone. Another tip Miranda gives, is to have a morning routine. This gives you a way to slowly wake up and relax yourself by reading an affirmation, doing yoga and having a refreshing shower.
Jealousy is probably one of the worst emotions, I think we've all had to deal with it at some point. Weather it's a girl you you think is prettier than you or someone who got the job you were going after. Miranda has an insightful way of looking at it, she says, "The core of jealousy is inadequacy. Jealousy is present when our sense of self is put at risk. When we feel this emotion it is akin to having an identity crisis, and it is calling within us to be better ourselves". I agree with her stance, and I think that if we take our jealousy and turn it into motivation we will be able to be happy and succeed!
This section was particularly relavent to my life, and I took some very much need advice from it. Miranda talks about how important all our relationships are to forming our future self, and how we must first respect ourselves before others are willing to respect us. I think that probably one of the most amazing things she has said is, "be gentle with yourself, be gentle with others". It is simple and straight forward, yet if everyone lived by it the world would be a much better place. I have sometimes forgot to live by this, and have been way too harsh towards myself, and sometimes even to others. Miranda also advised to know when to walk away from a relationship that's finished. Not all relationships are meant to be life-long, and in order to grow, you have to move on and seek new relationships and experiences.
In the second half of the book, Miranda put together around 100 affirmations that inspire her. Some she has written herself, and some are written by her favorite authors / writers. They're all very insightful and great to read in the morning to get your day off on the right foot.
I am even more in awe of how incredible Miranda is now that I've read her book, I strongly recommend it to any girls out there looking for a feel-good read. I know I will forever be a fan of hers and use these lessons in my everyday life! xx Flo
Ever since I was little, I have loved to see new places and experience the best that different cities can offer! There is something refreshing about going somewhere you've never been and getting lost in all of the sights. My Dad's work schedule has been come extremely demanding lately, so we haven't been able to travel much. This means that my imagination has been running extra wild, so tonight I decided to come up with my dream around-the-world day!
I've never been to Paris, and I've been dreaming of it since my love for the Madeline books! It seems like such a great place to have breakfast with friends by the eiffel tower. For this outing I'd wear a unicolored circle skirt + bralette set with a mauve blazer and wear a pair of taupe ankle boots. To accessorize this outfit, I'd wear a classic pair of Ray-Bans and maybe a simple gold ring.
NYC! I've been to New York City many times, but it's different every time. I love the fast moving pace of the people and how exciting the streets are. It's definitely one of the most interesting places to see up-and-coming fashion bloggers and trends. To go to lunch, I'd wear a silk cropped cami paired with leather shorts with a printed blazer from zara! For accessories I'd carry the amazing Willow tote from Mulberry's new collection with fun Ray-Ban wayfarers!
Next up, Venice! Venice is probably one of the most picturesque places I've ever seen, it seems like a real life Van Gogh painting. It's definitely on my bucket list to ride a gondola. For this, I'd go for a more casual outfit with a sheer zara blouse and bleached shorts. This bag from Lineapelle is actually called the "Venice tote" so it goes perfectly! I'd also opt for a pair of Zara's metal plated sandals to show off a pedicure!
London, England. My high school offered a trip to England with the english classes and I'm so mad at myself for passing it up! British fashion has always inspired me and there are so many stores that are exclusively in London that I would love to see. For this stop on the trip I'd wear an ivory oxford top with black hearts, a pair of worn boyfriend jeans and a pair of classic black oxfords.
Then on to Naples. This place would seriously leave me breathless! These towns that are set up on hills are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, imagine living in one! I'd love to stay here for a summer. For my outfit, I chose a lace topshop dress, gold zara sandals and the black Mulberry Alexa bag. For beauty, I think a nude nail polish would be amazing to show off a tan and then the Chloe perfume to give it a romantic / floral feel.
Last stop, Milan! I've been enthralled by this amazing city ever since Tyra Banks wrote about it while talking about her modeling career. Apart from the iconic sights to see in Milan, I've read that they also have great food; that's why I chose this city for dessert! My outfit simple, with a white topshop blouse, medium wash Acne jeans and Zara sandals. For accessories I paired a silver Tiffany's necklace and the Mulberry Willow tote in white to match the sandals and top!
I hope you guys liked this! Let me know if there are any important cities I missed! xx Flo
A few of you requested that I do my everyday makeup routine, so here it is! I don't always do all of these steps (especially in the summer) but I decided to do all of them for this post! I am planning on updating my powder, foundation and blush in a few weeks so I'll make a new post then. I hope you like this!
Here is everything!
For powder I use the Hello Flawless by Benefit. It's really true to my skin tone and it comes in so many shades! I really recommend it.
Right now I use a BB cream instead of a foundation. This one is the Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline! I really like how it goes on and it's not too liquidy.
For mascara, I use the Maybelline Falsies. It's pretty average, I'm not a huge fan of how bold my lashes look with this mascara. I do like how it separates them though.
I use a few different things for my lips. I like to use the EOS lip balms to keep them healthy, then the Revlon just bitten kissables balm stain in Honey Douce for color, then the Rimmel 'Stay Glossy' gloss to add some shine!
For a concealer / extra coverage I use the Pixi flawless beauty stick in No.2 Nude. It's perfect for under eyes or for any small blemishes!
I use ELF's 4 shade bronzer, and I really like it! It's a nice dupe for the NARS laguna, but I'll probably be purchasing that one soon.
To fill in my brows / highlight, I uase the Maybelline 'Stylish Smokes' palette. This is one of my favorite products I'll definitely be repurchasing!
For eyeshadow, I use the Pixi 'All-Over Magic' palette in No.3 Brightening radience. It has amazing neutrals in it which are great to create dimention to your eyes without looking fake!
Lastly, for blush I use the Maybelline 'Dream Bouncy' blush in pink frosting! It's a lovely color, and I would recommend a cream blush over a powder any day.
Thank you to everyone who sent me questions to answer! :)
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: I don't really have a specific genre of music I like. There are artists from so many areas of music that are currently in my iTunes library! My Dad definitely had an influence on my taste growing up because he was obsessed with groups like the Beatles and the Beach Boys. I think that one thing I look for in music is probably good lyrics and sincerity. Anything that fits with a situation well is also something I'm drawn to.
Q: Tell us more about your culture, where you came from and how you became interested in fashion!
A: Well to answer the first part, I came to the U.S from Santiago, Chile when I was a little kid! To be honest, I don't know as much as I would like to about the culture. I have visited, but I think in order to really understand the culture I'd have to live there! It's a very lovely place, and I really admire their focus on family relationships. As far as my interest in fashion, I really became interested in it when I was in my freshman year of high school. It's really fascinating how current fashion is, and how people can express themselves through it!
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Yes! I have a dog named Primrose. She's 7 years old and a Norwegian Elk Hound. We hang out a lot.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: I am not 100% sure what my dream job would be. I know that I would love to live in NYC and pursue fashion. That could be writing as a journalist, styling people or even working for a company! Something in that realm.
Q: When is your birthday and how are you celebrating it?
A: My birthday is on July 6th! I never do anything huge on my birthday (the curse of a summer birthday, everyone leaves). I'll probably go out to eat with my family and maybe do some shopping!
Q: What are the top 10 items in your closet right now?
A: Ah that's a tough one! Probably my dungarees, topshop denim shirt dress, leaf jumpsuit, mulberry effie, brandy melville ingrid dress, topshop katz shoes, white fringe top, floral shorts, denim vest and graphic tees.
Q: Are there any fashion trends or hairstyles you want to try, but are scared you won't pull them off?
A: So many! I am my own worst critic, so this has been a constant struggle for me. Right now I am loving sneaker wedges, but I'm afraid that my height with them will make me too tall. I may just bite the bullet this fall and get them because they're so lovely!
Q: What's your favorite movie?
A: I'm not really a "movie person", as far as movies go. I'd say (don't laugh) that Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is probably the best cheer-up movie of all time. I dare you to watch it and not smile.
Q: What's your facial routine?
A: I don't have a routine I've been following for years or anything, but here it is! I was my face with green tea oil face wash from whole foods and then use clean and clear moisturizer. If I have any visible pores I'll use Benefit porefessional.
For the last four years, high school seemed like my whole entire world. Although I always knew it would end, it felt like that was too far away. I always like to think of myself as a very optimistic person, but the environment of my high school was honestly exhausting. I know that grades are important, but the competition that arose among everyone made it hard to even focus on class. When everyone talks about their plans for the coming years, I loved to hear all of there different routes they were taking. It doesn't matter if someone going to Harvard or if they're not going to school at all. It's their life and you must let them live it. Also, there is no benefit to discouraging them. Up until now, I have always been afraid of not getting the approval of my peers. From my grades, clothes, music and even interests I always wanted to make sure I wasn't "weird". As cliche as it sounds, being "weird" is probably the best thing you can be. The people who really succeed in this world aren't the ones with a narrow, elitist attitude. The people who will really make something of themselves are those who keep an open mind and go their own way. I know it's hard to lose all of your inhibitions, I think that trying to is half the battle. I still don't know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I know one thing for sure. I'm the only one who is going to decide it, and I won't let others discourage me.