Lace Layers

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One of the things I love about winter dressing is that you can play with dimension by layering unexpected pieces with sweaters, coats and jackets. I have had this lace Zara top I purchased years ago (December 2005 to be exact) but for some reason never wear it. Between the lace, the neckline and intricate buttons on the sleeves, this Victorian-inspired blouse is sometimes too elegant for the look I have in mind. However, it is a piece I will never part with because I love it and it reminds me of the Dolce & Gabbana dress that Britney Spears wore to the MTV VMA´s in 2001.

So to switch up this cozy turtleneck that I currently have on high rotation, I added the lace top underneath, and I love the added dimension of the sleeves and turtleneck poking out of the sweater. Sometimes we think the answer to our wardrobe problems is buying new clothes, when the real solution is already hanging in our closets.

Una de las cosas que me encanta más de vestirme en el invierno es que puedes jugar con dimensión utilizando piezas diferentes para crear capas interesantes con suéteres, abrigos y chamarras. Llevo muchos años con esta blusa de Zara que compré hace años (diciembre 2005 para ser exacto), pero por alguna razón casi nunca me la pongo. Entre el encaje, el escote y los botónes íntricos en las mangas, esta blusa victoriana es un poco más elegante que los outfits que tengo en mente. Sin embargo, jamás lo donaré porque me encanta y me recuerda del vestido Dolce & Gabbana que puso Britney Spears para los MTV VMA´s in 2001.

Entonces, para variar este suéter de cuello de tortuga que tengo en alta rotación, agregué la blusa de encaje abajo, y me encantó la dimensión que agregaron las mangas y el cuello saliendo del suéter. Algunas veces pensamos que necesitamos que la respuesta de nuestros problemas del guardarropa esta en comprar nueva ropa, cuando realmente la solución ya está colgada en nuestros closets. 

Leather + Fringe

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Last Sunday, all I wanted was to be comfortable in a pair of leggings and a tee, but since that did not make for a very interesting blog post and also since I wanted to elevate a basic look, I turned to two trusty pieces: my Mango leather jacket and these Isabel Marant boots I found last year at a consignment store in Paris. I wear this jacket at least 3 times a week because it makes any outfit cool, and the boots, they speak to themselves. I knew when I bought them they would add so much personality to the plainest of outfits, and here they are, doing what they do best.

So, since I incorporated leather, fringe and earthy tones into my outfit, I thought,  “What would be a more perfect place to snap photos than my ´backyard´?”. I live in Monterrey, Mexico, which is surrounded my beautiful, lush mountains, and in my neighborhood there is this open road that leads to Chipinque*. Now, what surroundings are more fitting for leather and fringe than an open road and mountains?

*If you ever have the chance to visit Monterrey, definitely make time for Chipinque to enjoy nature and some stunning views.

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El domingo pasado, quería cómoda en unos leggings y una camisa, pero porque eso no hace un blog post interesante y también porque quería levantar un look básico, me fui con dos piezas fieles: mi chamarra de piel de Mango y unas botas de Isabel Marant que encontré el año pasado en una tienda de reventa en Paris. Pongo esta chamarra 3 veces a la semanas porque hace que cualquier outfit se vea padre, y las botas, pues ellas hablan por su misma. Sabía cuando las compré que iban a agegar mucho carácter a los looks más sencillos, y aqui están haciéndolo.

Entonces, por incorporar piel, flequitos y tonos naturales en mi outfit, pensé que lo que me gusta llamar mi patio sería el lugar ideal de tomar las fotos. Vivo en Monterrey, México, cual está rodeado por montañas verdes hermosas, y en mi colonia, hay esta calle abierta que te lleva a a Chipinque*. ¿Entonces que entorno está más adecuado para piel y flecos que una calle abierta con montañas en el fondo?

*Si tienes la oportunidad de visitar a Monterrey, definitivamente haz tiempo para Chipinque para disfrutar la naturaleza y unas vistas hermosas. 

Winter Beauty Essentials

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I have had these pictures in my computer since November 28, so this post is way overdue. It may be Saturday night, but it is time to sit down and write about my favorite beauty products so far this winter:

{Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palette}: I found this palette several weeks ago when cleaning out my bathroom, but I have had it for years. It was a stocking stuffer that was from Bobbi´s 2012 or 2013 holiday collection. I, for some reason, had not used it, but when I found it it felt like I had bought new makeup from the cosmetics counter. I love all the warm, earthy tones and the natural look the colors gives my face. The palette is no longer available (although this one seems to be an upgraded alternative), but the good news is that you can still buy all of the colors included, with the exception of the “Naked” peachy tone, but Bobbi´s “Toast” would be a good alternative  (from left to right: Bone, Naked, Velvet Plum and Espresso).

{Laura Mercier Eyeshadow Primer}: I never used eyeshadow primer before, until my mom gave me this tube from Laura Mercier. I always thought eyeshadow primer was an unnecessary item in my makeup bag that would make me add an additional step to my routine (that I like to keep short and sweet). However, I was mistaken! When I dabbed this on and then applied my eyeshadow, I loved how the final look turned out, and also I love that I don´t need to cake on several layers of eyeshadow for the color to stand out on my eyes.

{Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume}: This has been my favorite perfume for the past seven or so years. I love the strong, masculine scent, and since it is a stronger perfume, I tend to wear it more in the winter months.

{MAC “Soulfully Rich” Pro Longwear Lipcolor}: I love replacing my go-to reddish-orange lip color with this vampy purple color in the winter and fall months.

{Bobbi Brown “Slopes” Lipstick}: However, when I want to go with a more natural lipcolor, I love the Bobbi Brown “Slopes” lipstick, which was another great find when cleaning out my bathroom.

And there you go! Do you guys have any favorite products that you have been wearing this winter? Do tell!

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Led Zeppelin + Leopard

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{coat: Topshop, no longer available, but similar herehereherehere, and here} {jeans: Paige} {tee: Urban Outfitters} {booties: Peace Love Shea x Steve Madden (on sale!)} {bag: Rebecca Minkoff} {hat: Forever 21}

When I tell people I live in Mexico but not at the beach, one of the first questions I get is “Does it get cold there?” (which usually comes after “Is it safe where you live?”). To answer there question, yes, it does get cold here in Monterrey, Mexico (and yes, it is safe). Certainly not as cold as New York or Canada, but when we hit below 40 degrees with rain, because it is so humid here, you can feel the cold in your bones. I am not sure why I am smiling so much in these photos, but when we took them, I was freezing cold and could not stop thinking about getting in my car and blasting the heat.

This leopard coat is quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I could wear it over sloppy sweats, and it would even make that look good. I wore it last Friday over my favorite jeans and a Led Zeppelin tee, which is all bunched up in these photos because I had two layers underneath for warmth. The jeans-and-tee look are casual and boyish, but when I threw this glamorous coat over the outfit and paired it with some statement booties, it took on a whole new life. Whenever I am stuck in a fashion rut or emergency, there are few items that save me more than a pair of fierce boots and a fabulous jacket or coat, and this outfit is no exception. Boots, hence the name of the blog, and coats/jackets are my favorite things to buy because they can, hands-down, transform any look from good to great.

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Cuando digo a la gente que vivo en México pero no en la playa, una de las preguntas que me hacen es “Hace frío por dónde vives?” (lo cual siempre viene después “Es seguro dónde vives?”). Para contestar su pregunta, sí, hace frío en Monterrey, México (y sí, sí es seguro). No tan frío como Nueva York o Canadá, pero cuando bajamos a menos de 10 grados con lluvia, por la humedad, puedes sentir el frío en tus huesos. No estoy segura porque estoy tan sonriente en estas fotos, porque cuando las tomamos, me estaba congelando y no pude dejar de pensar en subir a mi carro y subir la califacción.

Este abrigo está llegando ser rápidamente una de mis piezas favoritas en mi closet. Yo lo puedo poner arriba de unos pants feos, y lo haría que se vieran bien. Lo puse el viernes pasado sobre mis jeans preferidos y una playera de Led Zeppelin, cual está subida en estas fotos por las capas que tenía debajo por calentura. El look de mezclilla-con-playera es casual y niñero, pero cuando puse el abrigo sobre el outfit y lo combiné con unos botines especiales, el outfit agarró una nueva vida. Cuando estoy en una rachita o emergencia de moda, hay pocos artículos que me salvan más que unas botas fregonas y un abrigo/chamarra fabuloso. Botas (de allí viene el nombre del blog) y abrigos/chamarras son las cosas que más prefiero comprar porque pueden, sin discutir, transformar cualquier look de normal a increíble.