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Remember the Ala…ay ghost!

If you follow me on social media, you probably figured out I went on a road trip. The destination? San Antonio, Texas. A perfect little getaway from my normal routine, and the only time I had been was literally driving through getting off to see the river walk (at night) then was back on my way. Not that I didn’t want to see it, but simply never had the time.

Let me begin by saying how rich this city is in architecture, culture, and ghosts. I know, I know. Trust me, I didn’t think anything of it at first either. The building above is the beautiful Emily Morgan Hotel. My cousin (who went with me on this trip) and I both agreed on staying here for our girls trip. I chose it because it looks stunning from the outside, and the beautiful view. She chose it because she heard it was haunted and wanted to investigate. More on that later.

One of my favorite places that I went to on this trip was to el Mercado. It’s this awesome place in the Historic Market Square where you can have a nice cold Michelada while shopping for cute stuff straight from Mexico. I even bought a cute lotería shirt from one of the stands. If you have never been, I would totally recommend it.

Believe it or Not, there’s cool things to do like the museum of wax and Ripley’s Believe it or Not (where you can take a picture inside a giant tire). You can also ask a genie for three wishes, like I did. I’m still waiting, so in the mean time I’ll just keep working.

Back to talking about ghosts, at night we decided after some liquid courage to check out the hotel around the corner from the one we were staying (that is also known for being haunted, and I was too chicken to stay in) to see if we found any ghosts. Turns out I just admired how beautiful, and elegant it looks inside. I was a little upset that I chose the other hotel based on outside looks (lesson here). Anyways, my cousin had an app to see if ghosts would communicate with her, and nothing. We were back on our way to our hotel.

So here’s some very brief and broad history on the hotel we were staying in, it used to be a hospital. There’s also no 13th floor but there is a supposedly very haunted 14th floor. My cousin said let’s go check it out before going to bed to see if something happens, and again I had courage in me so I said “okay, but as long as we don’t look for any on our floor.”

“Hi this is Jenny, are the ghost busters available by any chance?” We get to the 13th floor (I mean 14th), and nothing. It was a bust so as we were walking through the door of the room 807 *my cousins app goes off* and it tells her entity present. ENTITY PRESENT!!! It also spoke through the white noise. I was like, I told you not to have it in the room. Honestly though, we had been everywhere with that thing on. I was so happy we hadn’t found anything, and everything changed after that.

The only reason I was able to stay asleep even with all the paranormal stuff going on was the fact I decided to stop by the bar for a glass of red wine before bed. The next morning was back to normal. Went walking around (a.k.a) buying cute things I collect wherever I go to bring home with me.

Sunday morning we went to mass at one of the oldest churches in Texas. It is beautiful and breath taking. Just what I needed after a night of little to no sleep. It was also a good way to start our morning before going home.


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Haciendo Lo Mas

Este es la primera ves que escribo en mi blog completamente en español. ¿Por qué? Por que aunque mi primer idioma es el español, tantos años en la escuela enfocándome en otro idioma hizo que la manera que yo escriba en español no sea tal vez la más correcta. Hoy decidí que no voy a dejar que eso me pare de lo que quiero lograr. Entonces ay le vamos.

En la moda ay muchas tendencias. Si no sabes que son tendencias, tendencias son cosas que van y vienen. No duran mucho y muchas de las veces si no lo compras pronto estarán fuera de moda cuando las tengas. Esto no significa que no puedas seguirlas. Hoy voy hablar de como podrás seguir tendencias sin tener que quebrar tu banco. Te darás cuenta que tal vez no tengas que ni comprar nada.

No. 1

El Esmalte es una tendencia que no es nueva pero la puedes usar a tu beneficio. Por ejemplo, el color de el 2018 es Ultra Violeta. Si no tienes algo en tu armario en Ultra Violeta, no hay problema. Encuentra tu esmalte favorito en color Violeta (o un color parecido) y lista.

No.2

Usa toques del color en tendencia (como platicamos en No. 1) con su color complementario. El color complementario del Ultra Violeta es el color Amarillo. No tiene que ser exactamente amarillo, pero si tiene que dar con el tono de violeta que estarás utilizando. En las fotos veras que tengo puesta una blusa como un color amarillo casi oro que tiene unas flores en color violeta. Los diseñadores de esta blusa utilizaron los colores  juntos por que son colores complementarios.

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El tercer y ultimo tip que les voy a dar para usar el color en tendencia, es utilizar el maquillaje. El maquillaje es otra manera de que pudieras hacer resaltar la ropa que tengas puesta. Cuando usas los colores adecuados puedes ir de andar básica a luciendo a lo mas. En esta foto estoy utilizando un pinta labio en el color “Matte Glam” de Milani con un brillo violeta de Urban Decay. Los labios resaltan, pero también no le quitan la vista a la blusa. Así funcionan los colores complementarios.

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Coachella🎡

It’s been a while since I’ve been on the grounds of Coachella Valley, but it will forever be in my memories. I can’t wait to one day be there again. If this is your first time going, or you are planning on going in the near future this post is for you. I’ll be sharing some of my must haves for Coachella. Let’s just say, I wasn’t completely ready on my first time in 2015, but I’m here to get YOU ready.

Tip #1– wear comfortable shoes. This one may seem like common sense, but you will be surprised how many people end up barefoot. Girls wearing sandals that bother them, and I get it we want to look cute. Just remember that it will get crowded (you will get stepped on). Guys, make sure your sneakers don’t rub or you won’t be so comfortable either.

Tip #2– The accessories I’m about to mention, are not only fashionable they are also convenient. Bring your favorite hat 🧢, sunglasses 🕶, and backpack/camelback 🎒. When you are finally at the front, seeing your favorite artist perform you want to fully enjoy it. You don’t want to have to squint, or put your hands over your eyes because the sun is in your face. You also don’t want to look back at the sea of people behind you, and have to give up your perfect spot to get water. Fill up your stylish backpack with a refillable water bottle, and you won’t have to worry about that.

Tip #3, dress in layers. It’s going to be blazing hot during the day, but could be freezing cold at night. Throw a light sweater/hoodie in your bag. Don’t have a bag? Tie it around your waist.

Tip #4- If you see pictures of people wearing bandanas around their necks, it’s not just to look cute. Although, you could really make them look good…it’s because there’s a lot of dust flying around and you don’t want to inhale all of that.

I hope these tips are useful to you all for your upcoming festival season, and have fun!! 💋✌️

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American Hu$tle: Part I

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Hi all of you beautiful (smart, talented, creative, innovative) hustlers,

This post is dedicated to my high school freshman year self, and to all of you trying to keep your passions alive aside from our everyday work life. The jacket that I’m wearing in this photoshoot is very meaningful to me. I have had this jacket since my high school freshman year (which is a long time ago). I have parted ways with almost everything from then except this jacket, and for a very important reason.IMG_9784

As an ice breaker in my history class, the teacher asked us to stand up, say our names, and what we wanted to be when we graduated . I was wearing this jacket when I proudly stood up, and said “I want to be a fashion designer”. Only difference is then, I was wearing this jacket with a Billabong shirt, ripped jeans, and converse.

A lot of people throughout my youth persuaded me to take other routes. A more safe route, but fashion was always in my heart and it never left. Everything I would learn I would compare to something that dealt with that industry/business so I could retain the information in a way I understood it.

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Jacket: A’GACI (Circa 2004), Romper: Romeo + Juliet Couture, Shoes: Forever 21. Photo: Jexse Studios 03.24.2018

Fast forward to college, I was pursuing a career that was interesting, but not something that really made me feel passionate. I was getting nowhere close to deciding my major, and decided to go to a smaller community college. I am very blessed to have my supportive family, for not thinking I was crazy for leaving a big university to try to find myself.

Once at the community college I started taking random classes, and if it didn’t sound like it was calling my name, I wasn’t going to take it (except my basics, because you need those lol). That is how I stumbled upon, Theatre-Intro to Costume Design. The class that ignited that passion again. The one that reminded me of that girl standing in class saying she wanted to be a fashion designer. (To be continued…)

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XOXO

Happy Valentines Day!! 💕

I know some of you are going to be very busy tonight. As for me, I will be at church reading, because this year Valentine’s Day is also Ash Wednesday. Whether you are going out, or staying in you deserve to feel like a queen/king (guys, you too deserve to feel loved) today. That is why I’m here for YOU/HOU. This isn’t just a fashion blog it’s a lifestyle blog. If you read my ‘about me’ then you know it all starts with Jen (me/an actual person), and I care about YOU. I care about my clients, and it helps me discover your sense of style.

I’m sure you were expecting another picture of me, but this is Lisa. She knew that she wanted to wear this beautiful top from New York and Company, but she needed help with putting an outfit together. As soon as I saw the top, I thought of Christian Dior one of the masters in delicate, and beautiful feminine designs. I also took Lisa’s personality to consideration, because she is not delicate. In fact, she is fierce.

That spirit of hers triggered the Yves Saint Laurent inspiration in me, and that is why I decided to add some black to add contrast. That is what makes this outfit, Parisian classic meets modern day chic. **Bonus tip: tucking in the top and adding a belt defines the waistline. Raising up the skirt to the waistline also makes legs appear longer. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

Now, I am giving you the same opportunity as Lisa. If you need help putting an outfit together whether it’s from scratch, or using something you already have comment on here/FB/instagram with what you would like to incorporate and I will give you some ideas.

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Thank you Lisa for allowing me to style you for the Galentine’s Party. Also, big shout out to Jexse Studios for the Photography and Alchemy Salon Houston for the hair style for Lisa.

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Romance Is Key

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Hi Everyone,

I hope that you have been staying warm and safe these past few days. I know that not just in Houston/Texas, but other states in the country we have been hit with this cold weather. Can’t go out to the MFAH, because it has been closed due to weather? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Get yourself some hot chocolate, and maybe some pan dulce as I take you on a tour of “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This exhibit runs from Oct. 8th, 2017- Jan 28th, 2018. Hopefully, you will still be able to see this beautiful exhibition in person. I chose my favorite pieces for this article, and narrating it through my perspective. Enjoy!

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Nothing shows people the art of fashion like, Couture. Couture is art. It is something beautifully crafted for a purpose, and with a vision in mind. When you see this collection, the first place in your mind is supposed to be Spain. I think of a matador waiting to make a move on the bull, and the woman wearing this dress is patiently waiting to take on the world. Calm on the outside, but full of passion on the inside.

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If there’s anything that can make me hand my card over like a business card, it’s a beautiful dress with a dramatic back. If I could get married in this dress, I would do it in a heartbeat. It has that feel of the Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina in the 1950’s but with a little modern twist. You can just picture yourself wearing this to a Gala.

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There’s only a few words I can speak in Russian, but this collection makes me wish I could speak it fluently. The beauty and elegance shown in these pieces just took my breath away. The dress all the way to the right is actually a wedding gown someone used. On this cold Houston day, I could sure use one of these beautiful coats. This was by far my favorite collection as a whole.

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I love how Oscar de la Renta designed his clothes. He always had the women he designed these dresses for in mind during the whole design process. It’s not only beautiful, but it’s wearable. That is so rare for couture. That is why Oscar de la Renta is up there to me with Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Belle romance! Although the Russian inspired collection was my favorite, there were many of his couture designs that took my breathe away. For instance, this French inspired dress that Kirsten Dunst wore on an editorial photoshoot for Vogue to promote the Marie Antoinette movie. The details on this dress and its delicateness are EVERYTHING.

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Rest In Peace Oscar de la Renta, in fashion heaven (07/22/1932- 10/20/2014). I will end this article by giving the biggest shout out to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for hosting this exhibit. The pictures for this blog were a collaboration between Jexse Studios and myself. I will be posting more fun pictures, and random facts about Oscar de la Renta on my IG and FB pages throughout the week, so please be sure to follow @jenstylehou.

Love,

Jenny Soto

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