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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Moshi

Having to be on my phone constantly has become part of my job description.  You know that iPhone´s don’t last very long. I don’t care if you iPhone 7 has more life battery but if you are like me always on your phone you will need some extra juice. My Moshi Ionbank not only charges my phone on the go, its simplicity and light weight gives you up to 2 full iPhone charges.

Tener que estar en mi teléfono constantemente se ha convertido en parte de mi día laboral. Sabemos que los iPhone no duran mucho y que no me importa si a tu iPhone 7 le dura mas la pila.  Si eres como yo y siempre estas en tu teléfono necesitarás un poco de pila extra. Mi Moshi Ionbank no sólo carga mi teléfono sobre la marcha, su simplicidad y peso ligero le da hasta dos cargas de iPhone completo.

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Moshi has such a good reputation in technology you can find products at any Apple store. And since being on my phone is such big part of my job you can imagine that listening to music comes in hand. My new Avanti headphones not only look stylish and on point but they actually fit your head perfectly due to a metal headpiece that incorporates magically.  I´ve tried tons and tons of headphones but none like these ones. You forget that you are wearing them because of they are super light weight and perfect to walk, run, or simply hop around.

Moshi tiene una reputación tan buena en tecnología que puedes encontrar productos en cualquier tienda Apple. Mis nuevos audífonos Avanti no sólo se ven con estilo pero realmente se ajustan a tu cabeza perfectamente debido a un casco de metal que se te incorpora como por arte de magia. He probado toneladas y toneladas de audífonos pero ninguno como estos. Te olvidarías que los estás usando si no fuera por la calidad de audio que estarás escuchando mientras caminas, corres o simplemente paseas. Son súper ligeros y perfectos para cualquier momento.

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Having extra juice and a good background jam is essential for me but you need something to carry them around. Thanks to Moshi I can easily have all my travel essentials in one bag. The Urbana bag has the perfect space for my laptop, mini iPad, iPhone, headphones and of course my extra battery. I couldn’t be happier with the product my only concern is the zipper. I constantly stack up my bags (I have so much stuff with me all the time) and with no exception I thought I would do the same with the Urbana bag unfortunately the zipper breaks when you carry to much junk. I don’t know it might be the universe telling me to leave some stuff home but I just like being prepared for any occasion.

Tener pila extra y una buena melodía de fondo es esencial para mí, pero es obvio que necesitas una mochila para llevarlos contigo a todas partes. Gracias a Moshi puedo fácilmente tener todos mis elementos esenciales de viaje en una sola bolsa. La bolsa de Urbana tiene el espacio perfecto para mi cargador, mini iPad, iPhone, audífonos y por supuesto mi batería extra. No podría ser más feliz con el producto mi única preocupación es la cremallera. Constantemente atasco mis maletas (tengo muchas cosas conmigo todo el tiempo) y sin excepción pensé que haría lo mismo con la bolsa de Urbana, lamentablemente, la cremallera se rompe cuando se lleva cosas de mas. No sé podría ser el universo diciéndome que deje algunas cosas en casa, pero me gusta estar preparado para cualquier ocasión.

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I am back New York ❤️

I was trying to explain my job as a digital influencer and someone at the table mentioned being like Demi Moore’s movie “The Joneses”. In the movie the family persuades the whole neighborhood into a perfect material life that doesn’t exist.

That got me thinking…

Is designer bags all you see in me? Am I only lurking you into believing that a perfect life exists?

Sorry to break it to you but my life isn’t perfect. I constantly fear the instability of a digital job. The daily struggle between family, friends and work. A different profession where new information is being delivered daily. And of course the competition of wanting to keep up.

I just really hope you find more in my words and pictures than fancy clothes. I hope that I am able to inspire your own truth. To believe in yourselves, break boundaries, stereotypes, and above all to believe in the power of your dreams when you work hard for them.

No one is perfect but in that effort to achieve perfection you will find your own best. And that is quite alright.

With love,

Neto

Tratando de explicar mi trabajo como un factor de influencia digital y una persona mencionó ser como la película de Demi Moore “The Joneses”. En la película la familia convence a todo el vecindario que una vida material perfecta existe.

Eso me hizo pensar…

¿Bolsos de diseñador es todo lo que ven en mí? ¿Estoy sólo creándoles la fantasía de que existe una vida perfecta?

Siento decírselos, pero mi vida no es perfecta. Me temo constantemente la inestabilidad de un trabajo digital. La lucha diaria entre familia, amigos y trabajo. Una profesión diferente, donde se entrega diariamente nueva información. Y por supuesto, el concurso de querer mantener el ritmo.

Solo espero que encuentren más en mis palabras e imágenes que ropa de lujo. Espero que sea capaz de inspirarlos a su propia verdad. A creer en ustedes mismos. A romper barreras, estereotipos y sobre todo a creer en el poder de sus sueños cuando se trabaja duro para ellos.

Nadie es perfecto, pero en ese esfuerzo por alcanzar la perfección encontrarás tu mejor ser. Y eso esta bastante bien.
Con mucho cariño,

Neto

Wearing: The Verve Clothing lace top, Vintage letterman jacket, Top Shop jeans, Nike Air Force, Valentino wallet, Dior sunnies

Pics by: Felipe Espinal 

Top 5 places to eat in the Bay Area

You guys know that bloggers eat but when we do we do it with style.

So here are the Top 5 places to go if you are ever in the Bay Area.

#1  Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

Let me take to 137 Railroad Avenue, St. Helena, CA in a cute and quiet corner; Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. Rustic in tones of whites and blues the whole restaurant had this welcoming vibe yet chic atmosphere. A lovely patio welcomes you in and you have the choice of dinning under the sun or stars in my case, unfortunately it was a bit chilly so inside it was. Once inside it didn’t disappoint. Dark chocolate wood bar where you can have one (in my case two) of their delicious cocktails, welcoming large windows and black and white striped booths.

The two cocktails that you must try are the mojito monte and my personal favorite the Thai-gin-tini a mixture of gin, fresh squeezed lime juice and cayenne rim make it a hot drink of choice. We started with an Avocado and Papaya salad with an amazing dressing that is made from scratch with the papaya seed. I order the Pollo Loco with an avocado salsa and mouth-watering cheese stuffed Anaheim chile on the side, the roasted chicken was tender on the inside yet crispy on the outside having a battle between finishing it first than the black beans hot steaming soup serve with it. My friend had the Rabbit Tostada and being the fatty that I am, I had to try it and I must say it delivered. An enormous crispy tortilla with sweet and sour rabbit in a red chile salsa, black beans and fresh feta cheese. Last but not least since the lovely waiter told us it was the most talked about piece in the menu so we order a Campfire Pie or a s’mores on steroids, a huge roasted marshmallow fluff, creamy fudgy chocolate and breath-taking Oreo cookie crust, on bite and you where in cookie heaven. The whole experience was lovely great service and excellent food. The crowed was welcoming and polite this is definitely a must when ever you’re traveling around Napa Valley.

#2 Uno Dos Tacos

Need some drinks after work with the buddies? Lets go to 595 Market Street, San Francisco CA. A real Mexican place where you can eat real T A C O S! Yes real mexican tacos with chef’s Luis Flores’ family tradition from Guadalajara Jalisco in Mexico. The food is amazing the drinks are amazing Uno Dos Tacos is the perfect place to chill relax and have a beer or two (no one is judging). Remember to start your pre gaming here because it closes at 9 pm during weekdays and 10 pm on the weekends.

#3 Nourish Cafe

Want to be healthy and even go vegan for a day? Well Nourish Cafe is your best option located on 189 6th Avenue in the Richmond District a small but very cute place to relax and boost up your strength with a smoothie or bowl of greens.

#4 Lolinda

Hungry for steak? Let me take you to 2518 Mission St. for a traditional yet hip Argentinian steak house. The dark light and sand wood ambience to the restaurant gives a more authentic aesthetic that makes it an it spot for dates, dinner, or simply a cool drink by any of the two bars they have.

#5 El Techo

Roof toping on happy hour doesn’t get cooler than El Techo located 2516 Mission St. The young crowd is energetic and the drinks are so refreshing you wouldn’t want to miss them for there $7.oo dlls margaritas. Amazing street food, a view of San Fran, and trendy cocktails what more can you ask for?

After all the food talk I just got a little hungry starting to think I might go back to San Fran just for the food… AMAZING!

 

 

 

 

Overalls 101:

In case you didn’t get the memo, overalls are back, and they have been for a while. Not only is it this trend from the 80’s and 90’s insanely comfortable, but they are also practical and incredibly stylish. Bib overalls were, and still are the everyday apparel for some people. They were perceived as a uniform for the working masses, especially those in agriculture. And are perhaps the most versatile of transition items by allowing you to show others that you have something cool going on, whether it’s a layer underneath, or on top of them. Either way it’s pure genius.

Farmers, who really had it down before any of us, originally used them but the denim all-in-one really exploded when Princess Diana embraced it. Lately, luxury denim brands and designers are interpreting the overall in covetable iterations that will banish the words, “she could be a farmer in those clothes”, from any association with the look.

Now that overalls are popping up everywhere again, it seems like few people know how to wear them without looking like they just came from a farm. While sporting a denim onesie seems pretty foolproof (after all, everything matches with denim), figuring out the right shirt, shoes and accessories to pair with your overalls is an art form.

Here are 4 tips to help you look great in your favorite childhood trend:

  1. Leave the plaid at home: For real. This is one instance when wearing a flannel is not okay, unless you’ve been driving a tractor all day.
  1. Stripes, however, are an almost guaranteed home run: Channel your inner sailor with a blue-and-white striped shirt and you’ll look adorable, I promise.
  1. Fit is key: If you have a longer or shorter torso, try and find a pair of overalls with adjustable straps, so there is no gapping (or pulling) in the crotch area.
  1. Believe in yourself: No matter what trend you want to jump on as long as you wear it confident there is no look you cant rock and if you add a dazzling smile you’ve hit the ball out of the park!

Total look by Zara, shoes: Adidas x Pharrell Williams supercolor, Chanel graffiti backpack and Dior so real sunglasses

Pics by: LUI VAL

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Oh my Dior!

The perfect summer suit can be a little tricky to find, but after a large extend of research (jajaja not really) I found mine at Zara. This royal blue suit is the perfect piece missing for all my summer looks; that blue goes perfectly with everything and I can wear it completely or mix and match the blazer and the pants. For this look I decided to take it down a nudge and actually made it very casual and a little sporty in some sense. Pairing the suit with an amazing t-shirt from a good old friend of mine HB designs was the perfect balance between elegance and a class clown making my outfit “best all around”. My “Oh my Dior!” white t couldn’t be complete with my pair of so real sunnies from Dior, they where like a match made in heaven. Keeping it cool and casual I wore my white super \star Adidas (confession I am obsessed with them and have like 3 pairs) the white kicks stand out amazingly from that royal blue and makes the whole outfit a perfect summer look.

Pics by: Lui Val

                  

Denim Day

Sorry for the silent treatment kiddies but I’ve been MIA for a lot of reasons. The most important is that I was finding new and exciting places for you. Those shenanigans will come on the blog soon but for now check us out.
Back in New York City and the weather is on point, sunny days with refreshing nights the perfect combo. So for todays post we are all wearing denim, the perfect fabric that transitions from warm to cool weather in no time. My complete look is made up by different shades of denim fabric. My denim shirt from Ted Baker went perfectly with my Hudson jeans and to transition from warm to cool my denim jacket from Hollister was the perfect match. This denim jacket has extra value for me because it was a gift from my aunt ages ago, recently I discovered it roaming around my closet and it was an instant love. Last but not least you know I am a huge fan for accessorizing so to continue with the denim fever my Chanel graffiti backpack was the perfect item missing. Adding a little pop to the denim ensemble my purple Adidas x Pharrell Williams were the right amount of color and on my eyes the classic Dior so real sunnies that blended perfectly with all that denim.

Check out my awesome friends Igee Okafor and McLavin Style for more looks!!

Pics by: Lui Val