Chic | Flirty | Sophisticated
5′ 2″ | Petite | Some Curves | Short Legs | Jeans 26 | Size 2
Mama of two, Color Expert, Stylist
Former black wearer turned color lover and expert. I’m a proud Colombian of indigenous descent with half of my heart back in my homeland. I now live in the suburbs of NY with my also Colombian husband and two wild boys. When not helping mamas enhance their natural beauty through style, I raise bilingual and bicultural kids and find ways to help mi gente.
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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids, etc.:
I was born and raised in Colombia but moved to NY after getting married. I now live in the Westchester area of New York. I have two boys, another (boy, I think) in heaven, and I don’t think I’m going to try for a girl. My mom ended up with four girls so I think I’ll be the opposite.
Three words to describe your personal style. Go.:
Hmm..sophisticated, put together with a mix of ethnic pieces to feel closer to my roots. Or the blend of whatever I can find clean.
Who are your style icons? How do you integrate those tastes into your own wardrobe if at all?:
Olivia Palermo and Aimee Song. I integrate the things that go with my personal style but more importantly with my lifestyle. When you’re 24/7 with kids you can’t got for a 3-inch heel or any heel at all.
How has your personal style changed since becoming a mom?:
I think the biggest change in my style has been footwear. I used to rely a lot on high-heeled shoes because I’m very petite and my husband is tall. Do you know where all my heels are now? In a box somewhere in the basement because I can’t hear heels higher than 3″ anymore! Now I’m always on the look for cute and comfortable flat and low-heeled shoes.
What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.):
A moto leather jacket. It pulls together any outfit. I wear it with everything from sweatpants to fancy dresses.
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge height from an Instagram or blog post – SO…how tall are you?:
I’m 5’2″, maybe less but I’ll always say 5’2″.
Your top three beauty products?:
Erborian CC cream – I use it as primer when I wear foundation or by itself on regular days.
Brown Mascara – Black mascar is not the only option and after understanding color I can see how it can be harsh on a lot of complexions. I go for black for special ocasions or night time, but go for brown for a more natural everyday look.
Lipstick – I cannot live without it. My favorite everyday brand is
What drew you to blogging and when did you start?:
I started noticing personal style blogs some time after moving to the USA and it really caught my attention, but I was most invested in learning the language. I kept putting it off until after I had my oldest son. I wanted to keep a foot in the fashion world during the little kids’ stage because I always wanted to be home those years. Here I am blogging and doing virtual style consultations, and I love it.
What does a typical day look like? How do you manage time with kids vs blogging (or work)?:
My typical day is well, full of planning. Not a planner but my ADD has forced me to. I wake up, make breakfast, pack lunches and ge tthe kids out of the house (shared with my husband on certain days). The minute I go back home I play music and set a 10 minute timer to pick up as much as possible. Eat something, sometiumes nothing and go straight to work. Every day changes as some days I have clients and other days are for blogging. I don’t have a babysitter so at 2.30 stop and go get the kids. Homework, play time, dinner and most days I’ll have to finish work after they are in bed.
After the craziest, worst days we all find salvation in seeing our kids. What’s your favorite thing to do with them to decompress?:
Reading is our top thing. I take my time to have a very diverse library and we’re always learnign something new. Going for a walk or bike ride, watch a movie if I’m exhausted. Dance! A lot. It’s one way to keep my kids connected to our roots.
If you could give only one piece of advice to a timid, new mom (we’ve been there), what would it be?:
That sounds like me? But I would tell her it’s ok not to be perfect or have it all figured out. Oh! and perfectly ok to cry for everything and anything. Please find people you feel safe with, including a therapist.
What did you dream of being when you were young?:
A fashion designer. My grandma taught me to hand sew and cut some patterns since I was very little. Every time I went to her house I would leave with a bag of fabric leftovers to sew clothing for my dolls and barbies. I rarely played with dolls. I made clothes while my sisters played.
What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?:
Does a messy top bun count? I absolutely love how it looks on others but I think it looks hideous on me.