Friday, July 29, 2016


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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


Thursday, June 23, 2016


Are the days of the 'fashion icon' gone with the wind? Does that sound like a loaded question? Let's stop for a moment to think about what the term fashion icon really means. Once upon a time it was equivalent to a very famous figure who embodied the term great style. It was synonymous with class, grace and historic moments in fashion that still resonate decades later with the masses. It's safe to say that when we think of legends of style, we automatically think Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy among many others. These women not only revolutionized fashion but were some of the most influential figures in their time and even today. Far more times than we can count, Audrey and Marilyn's looks have been emulated, revamped or served as artistic inspiration. The difference today is that our world and culture have changed, significantly. Of course, many of us (yours truly included) would consider our mothers our personal fashion icons. They are the first women who we see primp and prep in front of a mirror.  As we grow older, we form our own opinions and find our own sense of style. We are then influenced by what is trending, lifestyle and culture and we go from there.

Sure, the days of timeless Old Hollywood glamour may be history, but movies, music and television shows continue to provide moments of evolution in fashion. Who can forget Jackie O's big bold sunglasses look that still stands the test of time? How about the glitz and bohemian flair of Jerry Hall, Cher and Donna Summer in the 70s. Perhaps you grew up watching Madonna strutting her leather and lace in music videos and coveting that look in the 80s. In the 90s the explosion of the supermodels were found everywhere (including fashion magazine covers) and hard to ignore Naomi, Cindy, Linda and Kate Moss. Truly every decade has a group of women that have moments that we look back now and say, WOW true trailblazers. Yet, times have changed, BIG TIME! I've had many conversations on this topic with bloggers, writers, teachers, mothers, daughters. Women of all walks of life, all who have agreed that the term 'fashion icon' doesn't feel deserving to many of the women that are being given that title these days. Social media has been one of the biggest reasons fashion has shifted these days. We live in a time when sharing and posting every millisecond of activity of our lives seems to be the norm. Then you add the power of celebrity to that social media machine and you have the analytical results of popularity. That seems to be the driving power of who ends up on a magazine cover, the face of a campaign, who gets the most lucrative modeling contract and what products sell out the most. Who has the most followers, who's the most salacious, scandalous and provocative seem to be the recipe for fashion's top style honors. Then there are ladies like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, Rihanna and Beyonce, these are just some famous women whose style evolution we have seen and have made a significant contribution to the culture of fashion with a side of talent and grace.

The word Kardashian may possibly make you cringe, shrug your shoulders or perhaps fist pump.  No matter what side of the fence you are on, they are out there and yes the fashion industry has latched on to them and to their millions of social media followers to boost sales of magazines and more. Much has been written and said about that family and we will not expand here, but what will be interesting is to see where all this leads five, ten or twenty years from now. What the fashion legacy be for the Kardashians is still to be proven and seen. Fashion icons these days can still be found IF like an onion you peel back the layers to find more substance. Finding a genuine fashion icon in 2016 is subjective. It's like finding a unique piece of art, it is prone to opinion, scrutiny but the depth of creativity and individuality should be transparent. Hopefully, the days of Audrey, Grace and Princess Diana are not gone all together and the young ladies in this new generation will have quality style icons to inspire them too.  So fashionistas, what are your thoughts and opinion on today's fashion icons. Who has your vote? Leave your comments below, we love hear more from you.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Vibrant colors, provocative sensuality and an explosion of high energetic visual artistry. Those are just some of the elements that can be experienced at the Antonio Lopez exhibition Future Funk Fashion. This extraordinary exhibit opened its doors at El Museo del Barrio on June 14th. 
Antonio Lopez was a Puerto Rican native who grew up in East Harlem, New York City from the age of seven. A world renown fashion illustrator and artist whose works were prominently found in publications such as Vogue, Elle, The New York Times and Harper's Bazaar among others. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and later moved to Paris to work alongside Karl Lagerfeld. El Museo del Barrio is presenting three decades worth of Antonio's drawings that include his photographs, clothing and shoes (some that have never been seen before). It also highlights the working partnership with his life-long business partner, Juan Ramos. Future Funk Fashion is a celebration of Antonio's artistry and is divided into themes such as the body, music, the street and the influence of Afrofuturism. Antonio's eye for beauty and talent was one of a kind, which led him to work with and discover supermodels such as Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones and Jessica Lange (aka 'Antonio's Girls'). The story of these relationships are well portrayed throughout the exhibit in photographs and illustrations. In many of his sketches, he explored the muscular male and female form and he was highly influenced by music, dance, politics and the street culture of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.

Antonio Lopez Self Portrait, Italian Vanity 1981
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