Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stuck in the 90's

As you may know by now 90's fashion is one of my favorite decades to play with at the moment of getting dressed, 70's are great too, but I feel the 90's have stuck with me for life. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in that era, so most of the things that have been back in style for a few years now are things that I wore when I was a growing up and it's fun to get to wear them again as an adult. If only my mom and I would have saved some stuff from back then I would have so many vintage goodies from her closet. I think I'll never be that person who dresses "age appropriate" I don't like using that term but it's something I always hear people say, "shouldn't you dress a little bit more appropriate for your age?", first of all, whoever came up with that stupid rule was probably someone who had nothing better to do than to annoy everyone else, or someone with no personal style who obviously could not be their own authentic self. No offense to those who like traditional rules follow them, if that's what makes you happy go for it, but in my opinion I think no one should have the right to tell people what they should or should not do, let alone what to wear. 

Personal style to me is important, I wouldn't say its the most important thing but it does matter and it has played a big part in my life since being a kid. I grew up admiring and watching my mother do her makeup, get dressed etc, shewas a model in her youth and a hair stylist so fashion and style has always been and will be part of my life. So what I wanted to share with you guys is that no matter how old you are, where you live, or you circumstances, if you are really passionate about expressing yourself with your style just do it, don't let others determine who you are, people are always going to give their opinion and the polite thing to do is to hear it but don't let it affect you or change who you are. Don't live every day in doubt asking others what you should wear or how you should be, just be you, 100 % and unapologetic YOU. With social media or even before that confidence has always been a struggle for us all, but most especially on women, after all we are human and yes sometimes we have doubts, but when it comes to expressing yourself as long as you are not intentionally hurting someone else then you don't have anything to apologize for. For centuries we've allowed society to dictate what's right or wrong, what you should or should not do, so instead of focusing on society's rules ask yourself: am I really living life while being my own authentic self?

 For some people I know it's hard, trust me, I grew up in a somewhat conservative and strict Catholic Hispanic family. Trust I know a thing or two about having to follow rules and tradition, I wasn't allowed to do certain things at a young age like wearing nail polish or makeup even though I always liked playing with that stuff. My mom was a little more free thinking in that sense and so I think that's where my freedom of expression comes from and I'm glad she imparted that in me but it wasn't really until I became an adult that I was able to feel that sense of freedom. 

Anyway, this went on for way longer than expected so if you are still reading this thank you for having the patience and I hope you can connect with some of  my words, I am still trying to find my voice with the blog and with English being my second language and all. I can speak better than I write, which is a reason why I started this blog as a way of challenging myself, most times I never really know what I want to write about, I just write what I'm feeling at the time, thoughts, advice etc. I've had so many girls reaching out to me saying I've inspired them in different ways, with my style or I've given them courage to really express themselves with their own personal style and that puts such a big smile on my face. It makes me happy that sharing these things with them changes their perspective and if I can spread good in that way I will try my hardest to continue that not only for myself but for those who look up to me. It means so much that I can have an effect in someone's way of thinking or being and in a good and positive way, so if you follow this blog and my Instagram I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for taking time out of your day to see what I have to share, that means the world to me and I hope I can continue spreading love and inspiration to those out here who may need that little push. A lot of you also ask me how I get to do what I do, so I'm planning on doing another post about tips I can give you guys on how to be an Influencer (not a big fan of that term either) so stay tuned for that post soon. So moral of the story today is: spread love, be unapologetic and 100% you, don't be a hater, live and let live and take yourself out of that box society keeps trying to put everyone in and just live and enjoy your life and do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

All photos by @themattsayers 

What I'm wearing
Bag - Thrift find


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cap Hill mornings

I have been wanting to step out of my comfort zone and create with different people in the Denver area. Most of you who have been following along from the beginning know that Matt and I love creating together and it has been and always will be one of our favorite things to do as a couple. We both share that passion and visual eye for things and because of being together for so long it's become such a natural process for us, but lately I have a lot of free time and he works full time so I said to myself why not work with other creatives and practice being more comfortable in front of someone else's lens? someone completely new to me and just see what happens! So I did just that, I posted something on my IG stories about collaborating with someone completely new and I was surprised a handful of people reached out. I've always been so used to shooting with my husband and never realized at the moment of shooting with someone else I get super awkward and uncomfortable, but the only way that was going to change is by stepping out of that comfort zone. Some of you may know I wasn't born and raised in the USA, so English is my second language and I used to feel so nervous talking to new people because I was always afraid that I sounded bad or stupid while speaking English, but I let that fear go a long time ago and realized I have to be me and accept that some people are going to understand me and like me for who I am and others may not get me and that's ok too. So, as most people do when you have a fear or you just don't feel comfortable doing certain things (In my case shooting with strangers) I was glad to have stepped out of that social awkwardness I get whenever someone I just met takes my photos. I was happy to have connected with Kimberly, a photographer based in Denver. We both have been following each other's work for some time and so I thought why not give this a try. We met up at a coffee shop one morning and just went for a walk as we got to know a little bit more from one another we ended up creating such beautiful shots in areas where I never even though of shooting before, it's crazy what you can create when you connect with other people and see things with a different perspective. We must have walked not even two miles (probably way less than that) but found the cutest spots to shoot and I couldn't have been more happy with the results. Kimberly was sweet and super easy to shoot with and made me feel comfortable so I'm looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone more often.
If you'd like to check her work click here 

All photos by @kimberlycrist

If you live in Colorado let's connect and create, send me an email 

What I'm wearing 

T-shirt - Vintage 
Bag - thrifted


Friday, July 13, 2018

Cloud 9

A few weeks ago my Instagram account was disabled - for reasons unknown to me. I had a friend whom works at IG and was able to help me get the account back up, though unfortunately after one week of it up and running - IG then deleted any photo I would post. So rather then feeling discouraged I opened a new account and it widened my view upon where I started photography with Angie and where we've progressed over the years. 

Back in the day in NJ/NYC we started out doing conceptual, imaginative creations through our photography which developed into refining our skills over the years. I don't know what it was about losing my IG that had this sense of a clean slate - don't get me wrong it sucks, immensely to have garnished years of memories, friends, connections, etc only to just be wiped away. *Sidenote - IG doesn't have customer service, so if this happens to you - 99% be sure you won't get your account back and it'll be blamed on their "AI" system doing it automatically - but I disgress*

Angie and I decided to mess around with what truly got us started, our imagination to create versus just style - it's a fusion of it all. More often then not we forget what taught us to be who we are because oneself gets full of knowledge and your busy carving the path forward we don't take the time to see the wake behind us. This is paying homage to the us from years ago, it felt nice getting out and being puzzled of what or how to create something visually appealing but at the end of it - something we are happy about. There will certainly be more of this coming in future posts but for now, it's day by day - take it moment by moment. Enjoy.

- Matt

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Don't Be Such A Square

I realized I never posted this look and since the photos turned out really cute I wanted to share them. Hope you all had a great and safe 4th of July!

Belt was a thrift find
Handbag was a gift from a friend years ago