As a little girl, my mom always made sure I was impeccably dressed, even on a tight budget—sometimes even not paying the cable bill so she could afford some elaborate dress for me. When I was in elementary school, I remember she bought me an outfit from Neiman Marcus, which was so expensive for us at the time, that was a sight to see. The outfit had rainbow-striped leggings with a marigold sweatshirt adorned with multi-colored ribbons (to match the leggings) that fringed out from the collar and down to the cuff of the sleeve. I was embarrassed because it was so over-the-top, but my mother made sure I was dressed to impress. I did not know it at the time, but in that moment, she taught me that standing out from the crowd can be a good thing.
For someone who grew up in Paris, Texas and who was exposed to virtually nothing other than than Bealls department store (I don´t think these are around anymore, but they would be comparable to Kohl´s), when it came to fashion, she had a keen eye and fabulous taste for anything exquisite.
She passed her love for fashion down to me, and as I grew older, I learned the tremendous power that fashion has to put a pep in your step or define a moment in time. Whether it was the thrill of the hunt for a specific piece or the excitement of finding designer-worthy goods at Forever 21 or expressing your mood or personality through clothes, fashion was exciting and creative, and I wanted to be a part of it.
In my senior year of college, I was selected to participate in Dillard´s career program that would eventually make me a Sr. Buyer for the department store. While I was thrilled to be offered such an exciting opportunity and have job security right out of college, I still wanted to move to Mexico. My fear of shortchanging myself by not going to Mexico was far greater than my fear of not having a respectable 9-5 job.
To save money, I got a job in sales at Intermix so I could make fast cash and get hefty discounts on designer clothes and shoes. I am sure my family was pretty disappointed that I graduated with two degrees from Southern Methodist University and then ended up working at the mall a few months later, but it was a means to an end: it paid my way to Mexico and didn´t require a career commitment.
I absolutely loved this job, and it was then that I discovered how much I enjoy helping women have fun with their personal style. I decided that even though I would be living in Mexico, I would—somehow, someway—find a way to be involved in fashion. I would eventually get certified as an image consultant, blog on-and-off, and travel alone to the place where the fashion industry began: Paris, France.
So after I saved up enough money, it was time to make a move (literally) to Monterrey and find out what more Mexico had to teach me.
TO BE CONTINUED…
If you would like to read Part 1, you can find it here.
P.D. Para los que les gusta leer los posts en español, perdóname, ando vuelta loca, entonces en esta ocasión no más tenemos el post en inglés. Pero cualquier duda o pregunta o si hay algo que no entiendan, con confianza me pueden mandar un mail 🙂