Like a million bucks

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It recently came to my attention that I was published (for the 2nd time) on the certified Rich Kids of Instagram account (Cue in the flood of haters please, thank you).

But as 90’s pop culture queen Paris Hilton once said “There is no such thing as bad publicity”. With all that said, I must confess, being on the receiving end of such hatred does sting, and being compared to jobless trust fund babies is nothing to be proud of especially during such troubling times.

Growing up in a small town in Mexico, didn’t allow for unlimited creative expression, and so I fled to find my story away from many narrow-minded individuals. I wanted to succeed in the world of fashion but everything I did and everything I have has been earned through hard work and with a goal in mind. My parents granted me amazing opportunities and support but it was me alone who sought a fashion career that put me on the front rows of Fashion Week.

Going through the RKOI page all I could see was the offspring’s of the 1% displaying their opulent wealth. I truly wish that you don’t see me as a spoiled brat whose main job is to post instagrams of himself drinking champagne in private planes. If people took the time to read they would see that not everything I wear is designer. Yes, I like luxury, sue me! But who doesn’t aspire for the finest things in life?

Luxury is part of fashion but it is not everything. Fashion doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to look like a million bucks.

Don’t believe me?

EXAMPLE: My favorite look for Milan Fashion Week

Recientemente me llamó la atención que me publicaron (por segunda vez) en la cuenta certificada Rich Kids of Instagram (Nótese los comentarios negativos de los seguidores de esa cuenta).

Pero como la reina de la cultura pop de los años 90, Paris Hilton, dijo una vez: “No hay tal cosa como mala publicidad”. Con todo lo dicho, debo confesar, estar en el extremo receptor de tal odio hace que me ponga de malas, y ser comparado con los hijos de los millonarios más poderos del mundo no es nada de lo que hay que estar orgulloso especialmente si ni trabajan y menos durante estos tiempos tan preocupantes.

Crecer en una pequeña ciudad en México, no me permitía una expresión creativa ilimitada, y por eso huí para encontrar mi historia lejos de muchas personas de mente cerrada. Quería tener éxito en el mundo de la moda, pero todo lo que hice y todo lo que tengo se ha ganado a través del trabajo duro y con una meta en mente. Mis padres me concedieron oportunidades asombrosas y el apoyo pero fui yo quien buscó una carrera en moda que me permitiera el acceso a ese mundo.

Pasando por la página de RKOI todo lo que pude ver fue la descendencia del 1% mostrando su riqueza opulenta. Realmente deseo que no me vean como un mocoso mimado cuyo principal trabajo es publicar en Instagram a sí mismo bebiendo champán en aviones privados. Si la gente se tomara el tiempo para leer, verían que no todo lo que llevo es de diseñador. Sí, me gusta el lujo, ¡demándenme! Pero, ¿quién no aspira a las mejores cosas de la vida?

El lujo es parte de la moda pero no lo es todo. La moda no significa que tienes que gastar miles de dólares para que parezca que vales un millón.

¿No me crees?

Aquí la prueba

 

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Vitage Jacket: $75

Topman Jeans: $60

Zara Turtleneck: $25

Chloe Sunnies: $150 (got them on SALE)

Sebago Chelsea Boots: $165 (Sponsored)

Chanel Laptop Case used as cluth: $750 (Borrowed)

Gucci Belt: $390 (Borrowed)

TOTAL COST OF MY LOOK: $1,615

WHAT I PAID: $310

 

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Saint Laurent Military Jacket: $1,500

Saint Laurent Leather Pants: $4,140

Dior Sunnies: $500

Shoes: Don’t really care

TOTAL COST OF HER LOOK = $6,140

WHAT SHE PAID FOR = $0

Fun Fact: Fashion editors get everything for free, even that fabulous jacket that looks a bit familiar.

See my point?

OTHER: BLOGGER, CELEBRITY, SAINT LAURENT SS15

 

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So please whoever is “researching” for rich kids do your homework and don’t leave me with the Trumps of the world I have style, class and imagination.

Love,

N

Así que por favor, quien esté “investigando” quienes son los niños ricos hagan bien su chamba y no me dejen con los Trump’s del mundo. Yo si tengo estilo, clase e imaginación.

Con amor,

N

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#VenetoinChella

The past week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Coachella weekend 2 but not only did I enjoyed myself at the pool parties and danced like crazy all night. I had the honor to interview the mayor of Coachella and he had some interesting facts about the beloved Coachella Music Festival.

Meet Steven Hernandez the mayor of the wonderful city of Coachella.

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Favorite restaruant in Coachella? Taqueria Jaliscos

Vacation spot? Cartajena, Colombia

Guilty pleasure? Raspado

3 things you always have with you? My phone, hand sanitizer, and lip balm

You cannot live without? A good book

Book or movie? Book

Day or night? Morning

White or black? White

Tea or coffee? Just started drinking coffee but I prefer water.

Pop or rock? Pop

Paper or digital? Paper

Sparkling or tap water? We will do sparkling

Black or milk chocolate? Black

Dogs or cats? Dogs

Indoors or outdoors? Out

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise

Wine or beer? Beer

Sweet or salty? Sweet

Burger or salad? Burger

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How did your career begin?

It all Started when I was 20 years old, I was interning for The Riverside County Board of Supervisors at that time.  I was going to UC Riverside and finishing up my degree in English and Political Science and my typical conversations would end up being about politics and changes that needed to happen in Coachella. I graduated and ran for office, I was 23 years old when I got elected here in the city of Coachella. I became one of the youngest in the state of California at that time and then 10 years later I had the privilege to become Mayor of the city.

Any stories from your childhood that you feel that changed you?

Oh yeah, absolutely! I had a very complexed childhood, I was raised by my farmworker grandparents. My mom is schizophrenic bipolar and so having to deal with mental health my father abandoned my brothers and I when we were 4 years old.  When you grow up with that environment you have all this types of experiences and I think it was all those experiences what made me who I am today.

Any fashion icons that inspire you?

Fashion icons? Hmmm, you know guys got to look good and I am a politician so I have to wear a suit. I sometime look at Calvin Klein but actually I am a Brooks Brother kind of guy, because it’s traditional but very trending.

Favorite designer?

Brook Brothers!

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What social network do you most use?

We are doing Facebook, but I like Twitter because you can get information across instantly.

Favorite fashion city?

Fashion city? I honestly thing Vegas right? I will have to say that Coachella has become a big fashion statement city so I am going with Coachella.

If you could go back to a specific time in your life what would it be?

I think the university life is always a fun environment because they aren’t a lot of constrains. You have the ability to challenge your thinking and learning abilities, expanding and being uncomfortable in your thoughts while in the college environment does a lot for your personal growth.  A learning environment where your mind is constantly in stimulation.

Would you encourage your children to take on your footsteps into politics?

I encourage not only my own but everyone’s particularly Latinos to get involve in understanding what’s occurring in their communities. At the local level what happens daily is what eventually forms a nation and once you understand it you are able to help with in.

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How do you see youth being involved with politics?

Youth and politics comes generationally. If you take a look at the youth movement in the 1960s and 1970s they were so engaged to social change from the women’s movement to the Latinos being able to vote. We are at a point where youth is finding their voice through social media and we are pushing issues that are important to everyone such as the coast of education, incarceration, employment and those are issues that are extremely important to the youth.

How do you see the revenue the youth is contributing to Coachella festival?

When you look at the city of Coachella the city benefits very little from it because the festival is not even in the city but on the border and the festival is in Indio. Palm Springs receives the most benefits because it has the hotels, restaurants, and bars people want to go to, what’s unique about Coachella right now is the brand, the name, the lifestyle. We got some projects that we are working on and because of the festival putting us on the map we are going to be able to benefit much more from it in the future.

Where do you see the festival going in the next 5 years?

The festival is right now around 100,000 people and it will grow into 125,000 people in the next five to six years. We are going to continue being the trend setters in the festival world. Coachella has always been the trend setter and I think we will continue to be.

What do you actually think about how people dress for the carnival?

I think it’s great any time you can play dress up, when you look at fashion every generation has a fashion story to tell. It’s kind of neat seeing the fashion statement our generation is making and obviously Coachella is part of it.

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What would be the sound track of your life right now?

I am going to need some help with this one, I have to say that anything that talks about redemption. We all have a story and in my case a redemption song by Bob Marley.

How do you see the influence music has in fashion?

I think they are one in the same, we see artists trying to be fashion designers and designers trying to be musicians. I think what’s really interesting about music and fashion is that it actually represents what that precise generation is saying it really evokes what they’re feeling and expressing throughout lyrics, music and clothes.

Any message you would like to deliver to the younger crowed?

I’ve always found that when we are uncomfortable we grow more. Sometimes we’ve been thought to play it safe, not to challenge ourselves or sometimes we are just scared of being uncomfortable and that can be at work, in education or even in a relationship but is the vulnerabilities that makes us grow and learn. So to all my 20 something, all the hommies out here, the millennials which I am one of them:

Find strength and find comfort in being uncomfortable.

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Here you have it guys a very wise advice from Steven Hernandez the mayor of the great city of Coachella home to our favorite music festival.

Wearing:

Look 1 – Moschino tshirt, Forever21 denim shorts, Chanel backpack, Rayban sunnies, Birkenstock sandals

Look 2- Lacoste tshirt, Hermes scarf, Forever21 denim shorts, Gucci side bag, Chloe sunnies, Roberto Cavalli booties

Look 3- H&M tanktop, Vintage floral shirt, Forever21 denim shorts, Chanel boy bag, Chloe sunnies, Roberto Cavalli booties, Zadig & Voltaire hat

Pics by: Monica Morones

FASHION MEETS MUSIC

In my recent travels I had the amazing opportunity to visit Mexico City and while in Mexico I was able to interview one of Mexico’s most prominent star. The one and only Julio Ramirez member of the musical group Reik. After taking a walk around Condesa we finally started digging into the important stuff and here are some things I bet you didn’t know about Julio.

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How did your career begin?

I met up with Jesus, the lead singer of Reik and we started making demos at age 16. Shortly after we were signed by Sony everything started escalating very quickly, we were very fortunate.

How do you see the influence music has in fashion?

As music evolves, how you feel about a record, or how a specific melody makes you feel so does clothing. I really like to give a modern touch to my outfit and I think that is something reflected in my music.

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Your favorite designer of the moment?

Right now I would have to say Cesar Arellanes, Mexican fashion designer from Chihuahua with more than 20 years working in Los Angeles proposing a very edgy vibe dressing Justin Bieber and Demi Lavatto among others. I think he will be dressing me for my tour and concerts I am a huge fan.

What is the social network you like the most?

I like Instagram, a place where artistic people, photographers, models and especially bloggers work to have a voice in the industry. I think that in Instagram people tend to be more real to their persona and can freely express themselves.

Favorite fashion city?

I think I need to travel more to decide, our music is heard in Mexico, USA, Central and South America. New York has always been one of the cities that have recently inspired me so much that I decided that someday I will live there just for the experience.

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Any fashion icons that inspire you?

Paul McCartney, he is elegance, classy, cool and love his music. He has a lot to offer and if by the age of 60 I look like that WOW.

Any stories from you childhood you feel that changed you?

When I was in 5th grade I realize who was good looking and who wasn’t. I believed I was very handsome and actually started behaving very entitled as if my face would get my anywhere. The years went by I matured and realized that everything is fleeting and that beauty isn’t forever, there will always be someone better than you so never take things too seriously.

Where would you like to settle?

I am very homey I would happily grow a family in San Diego, California have my studio, go jogging on the beach. My parents will still be very close that’s very important to me a traditional part that always will be with me.

What would be the soundtrack of your life right now?

Any Beatle’s album but I do have a very special one. Ennio Morricone – Love Theme, I never get tired of listening I really encourage you to hear it.

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Restaurant? Finca Altozano en el Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California

Vacation spot? Ensenada o el Valle de Guadalupe en Baja California

Guilty pleasure? Desserts

3 things you always have with you? My phone, my wallet and my headphones

You cannot live without? My guitar

Book or movie? Movie

Day or night? Night

White or black? Black

Tea or coffee? Black coffee without sugar please

Pop or rock? Pop

Paper or digital? Paper

Sparkling or tap water? Tap water

Black or milk chocolate? Milk, cookies and cream from Hershey’s

Dogs or cats? None but I prefer dogs LOL

Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

Wine or beer? Wine, no both I am very interested in craft beer

Sweet or salty? Both

Burger or salad? Burger 100%

Here you have it guys, so if you like music in Spanish go check out Reik they have amazing songs and great videos for you to enjoy.

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Neto wearing: Moschino Tshirt, Balmain Leather Pants, Topman Blazer, Roberto Cavalli Booties and Dior Sunnies

Julio wearing: Cesar Arellanes Top, H&M Jeans, Chloe Sunnies and Tommy Hilfiger Sneakers

Pics by: The Joaquin Castillo

 

Viva Baja

The reason why I’ve been so MIA on the blog the past month was due to a fun little trip I took. I had the privilege to visit Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. Everything was delightful from the food to the beach, the ocean the best things the city offers. My trip wouldn’t have been the same with out my lovely friends Andrea Maria from Dear Milano and Cassandra De La Vega from Gypsy Wings. We had an amazing time under the sun and enjoying the welcoming resort Estero Beach. Our adventures didn’t stop there we also had the amazing opportunity to visit La Ruta del Vino at El Valle De Guadalupe, which consists on a tour were you go wine tasting the different grapes and visiting the different wine production houses and actually see how the wine is being made. Of course after days enjoying the resort and city we wanted to extend our stay, Ensenada has a lot to offer. One day you can go the beach and get a great tan but by dinner you can go to El Valle De Guadalupe (1:00 hour drive from the city) and enjoy the best cousin accompanied with an exquisite wine.

Cheers.

Don’t forget to check us out at Elite Magazine were we talked and laughed about how we meet (my friends) each other.

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1st look: Pullover ZARA, swim shorts VINTAGE, sandals CAMPER, hat PANAMA, sunnies DIOR

2nd look: Shirt H&M, shorts JUICY COUTURE, sunnies CHLOE, backpack CHANEL

Pics by Elite Magazine 

Cerulean Blue

The calendar says spring but the wind says chilly. After up and down thermostat weather like situation, Manhattan hasn’t quit yet made up its mind. Today the weather is a little chilly and we are in the need of a warm coat. What better way to say spring then with this amazing cerulean blue coat from Diane Von Furstenberg, keeping me war but with the right amount of brightness that screams spring. Accessorizing with the poudre lock bag from Valentino focusing on the contrast of the patent leather with the blue coat, my brown leather aviators from Chloe and my white superstar kicks from Adidas. Continuing in the tints and shades of blue my Topman navy blue pants were the perfect combos to this cold spring look.

                  

Go Green

New York is finally starting to feel like spring, but the occasionally wind still blows.  Since the sun is finally popping out behind those clouds and tall skyscrapers I decided to play with the color of my coat. This military green coat from Opening Ceremony is the perfect over sized coat that can transitionally go from winter to spring because of the color and the simplicity of the cut. Pairing the green coat with a beige long pull over from Topman Design and a black pair of trousers from Topman were the perfect combo. My most important part is the accessories; a brown fedora from Bailey of Hollywood, the lockbag from Valentino, and my favorite aviator sunnies from Chloe.

   

                 

Hunter Season

After yesterday’s snowy afternoon the streets of Manhattan woke up to a beautiful white day. The sun is up but the snow is all over the place so for today’s outfit I planned to use my black Hunter rain boots to help avoid or in my case jump on puddles of snow. The weather is nice so my reaped jeans from TopMan do the trick, on top I layered with my H&M denim shirt that matched perfectly with the jeans. Layering once more with a cream Lacoste V-neck sweater that blended perfectly with the amazing chocolate brown cape from Zara. To accessorize and complete the look for a fun snowy day my dark brown Ralph Lauren leather gloves went perfect with the ensemble. My brown leather aviators from Chloé gave the perfect touch to the whole look, besides with all that white snow working as reflectors I needed something to cover my eyes. On my arm candy I am wearing the amazing Breda watch with a brown strap but a gold and blue face matching perfectly with my gold Love de Cartier bracelet. Last but not least you guys know I am a sucker for hats so my camel brown fedora from Zadig & Voltaire was the perfect option for this denim/cream/brown look to take on the snowy streets of New York.