Monday, August 22, 2016


We live in a time where celebrities are glorified for their fashion, lifestyle and of course their figures. Everywhere we turn from television to movies, magazines and of course the runway we can't help but notice the obsession with staying thin and being slender. Body image has always been a controversial subject of conversation. These days, trends don't just apply to fashion anymore, every day there is talk of a new diet plan, a new fitness regimen and the latest trends in health supplements.

No matter how "Twiggy-like" models may be on the runway or how incredibly fast some celebrities may lose the baby weight, there is no doubt that a shift has occurred in what is perceived as a normal body type. We certainly don't live in historic renaissance times when ample bossoms and rounded bodies were admired and considered feminine. In the 1940s and 1950s women like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren represented the term "Bombshells" and were some of the most desired women in Hollywood. Today, more and more women in Hollywood are coming forward talking about their weight struggles & the scrutiny that they experience for not having a model type figure. What is admirable is that so many of these women have turned their insecurities around and in such a public way. The Marilyn's and Sophia's of days past have turned into the Adele, Beyonce, Ashley Graham and Christina Hendricks of today and they are today's most coveted and photographed celebrities. They are women with healthier and curvaceous body types which everyday women can relate to on some level. If you google Plus-Size models you will find some of the most beautiful women modeling in stunning editorials. Times have changed. Fashion brands have also made conscious decisions to add a plus-size to their ads but we still have a long way to go to change the way women are perceived. Even leaner runway models like Gigi Hadid has found herself bullied and fat-shamed on the internet. 
Yet today more often women are embracing their beautiful curves and society is taking notice. No matter how old you are or if you're tall or more on the petite side, it's important to own your body type and bring confidence to the table. Staying healthy is undoubtedly important, but accepting your femininity is too. Not everyone can pull off a body-hugging dress and that is ok. Sex appeal is not defined by how short the skirt or tight the dress. 

So here are a few tips to keep in mind when dressing up your curves. 

  • Undergarments: The first thing to remember is that the right undergarments are the foundation to feeling comfortable & confident. We have come a long way from corsets, so embrace shapewear and find the right fit for you. Don't feself-consciousous about using it, trust that ALL celebrities are using some type of shapewear at some red carpet event. Its quite the secret weapon to help sculpt your body under any piece of clothing and they come in all shapes, colors and for different functionalities. There are many options to pick from.
  • Color: Some things you should consider: It's not necessary to always wear black. Yes, we all know it is the most slimming color but don't be afraid to bring a pop of color in your closet. You can try subtle changes by adding patterns and color to shoes, handbags or even scarves. Accessorizing is the fastest way to embellish any neutral or subtle look. Wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful!
  • Prints: They are also great but if you are on the shorter frame side, remember to keep the prints smaller and more proportioned to you. Don't be afraid to wear stripes just as long as they are not wide and preferably not horizontal. 
  • Fit: One common mistake many women make is wearing baggy clothes to cover up excess weight. It may take some trial and error to figure this all out. Avoid anything too tight and unflattering and stay clear of extremely baggy tops. They will only make you look bigger in size. Try something that is in between. A great belt to cinch your waist always helps to create an hourglass figure.
At the end of the day just remember that what may look great on one figure may look different on you. We are all unique in our own way. Find what works best for you. Perhaps you feel your best in an A-line dress, a top and pencil skirt or your favorite look may be a pantsuit. You have the final say and just remember that women with curves have always left an unforgettable mark in history. So, One Style at a Time readers, are you a lady with curves and if so how do you accentuate your body type? Are there any famous celebrities past or present that you admire for having a more fuller body frame?


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


The summer heat wave may be in full effect but the fall fashion looks can be found online and in-stores now. You may be flipping through some of the September issues and taking in all the incredible trends but we want to bring you a quick rundown of what you need to invest in for fall 2016. What are some of the top trends you will see next season? Well, we definitely saw some of them at last February's fashion week from New York to London to Paris. Ready? Here we go, our first fall trend preview and you will want to take notes and pass along to your friends and family. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Karl Lagerfeld is the fashion designer for the iconic french house of Chanel and also the creative director for the label Fendi. His unlimited imagination and design genius is the magic that sparks so many over the top concepts for his runway shows. Here we look back at some show-stopping moments beyond the runway. Karl wanted Chanel to conquer the world. That was the message he was sending when he presented the fall/winter 2013 show. A giant rotating globe sat in the middle of the Grand Palais des Champs-Ely√©sees. The models strutted around the runway and some of them wearing a Chanel globe clutch which made this presentation one of a kind.

View all 7 shows in the link below and follow my Glam Mode Stories HERE.
Check out King Karl: Lagerfeld's 7 Most Memorable Runway Shows to Date
by Maria Cartagena at Mode

Monday, July 25, 2016


"There is a fountain of youth: It is in your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." Those sensible and wise words were once said by Sophia Loren. A woman who even today at 81 years of age, still exudes beauty, intelligence and sophistication. We seem to be living in a time when the obsession with beauty is at an all time high. As if women didn't already have pressure to balance work and home life, there is the added pressure to lose weight, stay fit, have flawless skin, impeccable hair and of course, stay young.

Women everywhere are taking extreme measures in order to turn back the hands of time and look younger. It's hard not to notice that even teenage celebrities and non-celebrity girls are getting procedures done to alter their faces and bodies very early on. It has become more common for women (yes and the men too are not exempt here) to get nips, tucks, lifts, botox injections and all kinds of a la carte treatments to get rid of lines and plump anything that doesn't feel flattering. Not to mention the beauty industry has exploded with the amount of makeup and age defying products. So the question here is, when does all of it become too much? When does this fascination become just the wrong message to send to women, their daughters, granddaughters and society as a whole? Sure there is the double standard that men age like fine wine and are more distinct with wrinkles. Yet, let's not forget that we live in a time where women are more successful, powerful and influential in many ways and industries. It's time to take back our power and show the younger generation that aging is a normal and acceptable process. Meryl Streep once said, "Don't waste so much time worrying about your skin or your weight. Develop what you do, what you put your hands on in the world". This is not to say that one shouldn't take care of your appearance. It's about striking that right balance. Why not embrace every decade with excitement. Fill the experience with curiosity, laughter and new adventures. Perhaps they may bring with them a few extra lines and that is totally ok! It shows you have lived, it gives you stories to tell and builds on your character. Legendary actress Helen Hayes once said, "I love my wrinkles! I call them my service stripes".

Luckily, there are still women that are not walking around with frozen, unrecognizable faces in the world of Hollywood. Some women have chosen to let their talents, strength and light shine through their craft. Here are our top ten favorite famous ladies over forty that look amazing and serve as great inspiration for aging with grace and beauty.


Friday, July 22, 2016


It has been a little under two years since the world and the fashion industry lost one of their biggest fashion design legends, Oscar de la Renta. Since then, his collections continue to sell and his successor, Peter Copping has done a stand-up job at keeping the level of sophistication and elegance that is true to the De la Renta brand. However, this week we learned that Peter is stepping down from his role as creative director due to personal reasons and is returning to Europe. The news spread quickly but came suddenly. Another talented and tenured creator was suddenly leaving a major fashion house. We all almost seem, surprised but not so much anymore all the same time. It seems to be the norm as of late for designers to stay with a label for just a handful of years before they are gone from that position. Nevertheless, there was still a sense of shock and sadness that the one man that was appointed by the founder, was now exiting so quickly. It will be of course interesting to see who will be the next person to take over Copping's position. Will it be someone younger, experienced or unknown? What is the next direction for the house that Oscar built? Will the design aesthetics change from what they have always been known for? We have many questions and curiosities but for now, we will let time will tell the story. We will continue to remember the man who brilliantly executed fashion with class and a high level of taste. He believed in the beauty of a woman. He always talked about a women's confidence and how all of this needed to be portrayed in his clothes. We miss his talent, we miss his presence in this ever-changing world of fashion. Today on what would have been his 84th birthday, we remember Oscar for all the iconic wonder that he was and for all the collections that left a mark in his legacy.
Happy Birthday Oscar de la Renta!


Monday, July 18, 2016


There is something about wearing metallics anytime of the year that really feels modern and edgy. Metallic has been going pretty strong in fashion for quite some time. From the runway to retail, you will find so many fun accessories and clothing options in some form of metallic. If you recall, there was a ton of metallic worn on the red carpet at the Met Gala back in May. Of course, that was a nod to the current Costume Institute exhibition, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" and perhaps you can take inspiration from there as well. The fashion runways were also full of metallics for spring/summer including shows from Saint Laurent, Naeem Khan and Chanel. Fashion tip, hold on to your armor and chains as this trend will continue on for fall/winter 2016 as well. No matter if your preference is gold, silver, copper or rose gold, there are plenty of options for your style, be it dressy or casual. Need some ideas? Buckle up and get ready to scroll through some fabulous metallic finds. Do you have any shiny, metallic pieces in your wardrobe? Drop us a note below and share.
Chanel Runway S/S 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Evolution of Dior: The French House's First 70 Years

The luxury house of Christian Dior has seen many changes in the past 70 years. One of the biggest historic moments came just days ago when they recently appointed Maria Grazia Chiuri (former co-creative director of Valentino). Chiuri replaces previous Dior creative director, Raf Simons who stepped down last October. Visit the Mode story below to get a full view of the history of this fashion giant over the past seven decades.

Check out The Evolution of Dior: The French House's First 70 Years
by Maria Cartagena at Mode


Sunday, July 10, 2016


A new day, a new week. It's an opportunity for fresh starts and new beginnings. Be focused and stay excited no matter what your goals might be. Here is a bit of positive motivation to get you going and just remember that we are all in this journey of life together. So let's all do our part to make the days ahead better for one another. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2016


From nude tones to bold deep plums, lipsticks are one of the many beauty products that have evolved in a big way. Lip liners are normally used to define the lip shape, but when it comes to 'the rules' of what hues are in style by season, those lines are pretty blurred. Gone are the days where you only wore light colors in the summer and a deep read in the fall. So with that said, let's explore what is hotter than a heat wave in the lipstick market. 

The brand SMASHBOX is by far a top favorite and the options are extensive. Depending on your preference they have liquid, matte or lacquer. Personal recommendations: SMASHBOX line of Be Legendary creme lipstick in Prim Rose Mauve, Legendary True Red and L.A. Sunset Coral Red.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Get the Covetable French-Girl Bob

Since the 1920s the french bob has been one of the most classic and sought-after hairstyles around the world. No one does a bob like a french girl, but these days the bob style has been revamped to a more modern look. Visit my Mode Stories profile below to get full details on this glam story and many others.

Check out How to Get the Covetable French-Girl Bob
by Maria Cartagena at Mode

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