{ Events } – Saul E. Mendez Fashion Show, Winter 2012

As you most likely heard, the Saul E. Mendez fashion show for their Winter 2012 Collection took place on Saturday, November 10th. As always, the event was organized to impress: hip, trendy, innovative and filled with beautiful & fashionable people – thousands attended, it was a lot of fun!

This time, though, I got to experience the show from a different perspective – from backstage! Being backstage was very different; it was hectic, crazy, fun, exciting, electric, (hot!) and fast-paced back there! The adrenalin rush was on full-mode, and although the show only lasted a few minutes, it seemed like an eternity from backstage.

As usual, the main attraction of the show were the men, but I have to say the girls stole the show as well. Dressed in clothing by Magnolia (BCBG & Guishem), and gorgeous jewelry by Alessa Designs, you couldn’t help but stare as they walked the runway – they dazzled! And the highlight of the night – for me – was when our dear friend, Alejandro Biguria, and the first Guatemalan to receive an Olympic Medal, Erick Barrondo, received their “Man of The Year” awards. It was nice to see their hard work and dedication being recognized. Sometimes, that’s just the “push” we need. (Ale, we couldn’t have been more proud of you! As I told you, I hope this award has motivated you to work even harder, helping the country you love so dearly! And as always, you’ll have our full support on whatever you may need!).

And since I was backstage for most of the night, I couldn’t take pictures of the show to share with you. Thankfully, though, the awesome and incredibly talented Andres Asturias was there to save the day!

Take a look:

Simply GORGEOUS! (Alessa Femme Scarf and Lola Earrings)
Feeling very short next to the STUNNING Marion! 
Team Alessa on site! (Missing Male & Carla)
Yuv showing off his Alessa Mustache Tie Clip
The beautiful Carla!
Until next time!

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[ News } – The Alessa Designs Sale

If you have been following Alessa Designs’ Facebook Page (BTW, I hope you like what we’ve done to it! It’s taken a lot of work!), you may have heard that this week, and this week ONLY, Alessa Designs is  having their big sale of the year! I know I’m a little late in telling you this, forgive me, my week has been NUTS, but the good news is that you still have until this Friday, November 16th, to make your way over there and save up to 50% OFF their silver and fine jewelry collections.

Honestly, this is the perfect opportunity to get ahead on your Christmas Shopping!

And here are some of my favorite selections:

My favorite piece from the Lola Collection 
Everyone’s favorite, the Lustre Bracelets
Alessa’s Stackable Rings and my new obsession: the Clique Pinkie Ring (on my wishlist!) 
Green is my favorite color, so naturally, I LOVE this Multi-Strand Green Opal necklace (just arrived!)
The everyday basic, the Waterfall Earrings. The rose one is to die for!
Pretty awesome, no?

{ Look of The Day } – Shades of Grey

After a very hectic Friday, a work-filled Saturday (backstage at the Saul E. Mendez Fashion Show) and less than 2 weeks until we leave to Paris-Thailand-Vietnam, my husband and I decided Sunday would be our day to run errands and get organized. Since Christmas will most likely be hosted at our house (as it has for the past 2 years), we have to make sure we leave the house ready and the menu somewhat decided by the time we leave. This way, when we come back, we’ll just have to worry about the groceries and making sure everything is set up.

I tell you, these past couple of months have been really challenging for me – not only on a professional level, but on a personal level too. My body has been changing so much, so fast, nothing fits me the way it used to. While my husband struggles to build muscle mass, I tend to build it effortlessly and rapidly (thanks, Dad!), and as a result, the shape of my body is changing beyond my control. I’ve had to make some severe adjustments to my already adjusted diet and workout routine to see if I can stop “growing” so much.

Needless to say, since nothing fits me anymore, I feel like I have nothing to wear!! Thank goodness it’s chilly out, so I can just throw on a chunky sweater and a pair of jeans/pants and call it a day.

Sweater: Massimo Dutti (new collection)
Pants: Zara
Handbag: Chloe
Sunglasses: Chanel
Earrings: Alessa Signature Earrings (yes, I wear them everyday, hehe)

Until next time! 

{ Look of The Day } – Afternoon by The Lake

What a lovely weekend we had! We got to hang out with friends, spend quality time with our furry babies (I can’t believe we’ll be leaving them for an entire month! Sniff, sniff), get some house chores done ahead of time and relax – catching-up on the latest movie releases and on some much-needed reading. You see, the weeks ahead will be very hectic, so being able to take the weekends off to do the things we love is a luxury I much appreciate right now. The fact that we are only 19 days away from our big get-away is both incredibly overwhelming and exciting!

And while we were on our most recent romantic get-away at Hotel Casa Palopo (last weekend), we took advantage of the gorgeous scenery around us to take a few pictures (okay, not a “few”, we took over 500 in total!) to share with you here in the blog. Most of which you have already seen on this post, so today, I leave you with the “Look of The Day” pictures we took on a beautiful Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Enjoy!

Earrings: Alessa Signature Earrings (white diamonds)

Until next time!

{ Look of The Day } – Candlelight Dinner

If you follow me on Instagram (The_HW_Wannabe) and/or in Facebook, you may have heard that my husband and I escaped the city-life this weekend to enjoy the tranquility of Lake Atitlan. After what was an emotionally-exhaustive week, we couldn’t wait to pack our bags and head out for a romantic, quiet, and relaxing weekend. I’ve always been incredibly intrigued by Atitlan, the energy of that place is like no-other. It had been far too long since our last visit, and now I cannot wait to go back!

Needless to say, I’ll be forever grateful to the folks of Hotel Casa Palopo, who invited us to spend the weekend at their beautiful hotel (more on that later! – Thanks Gaby and Claudia!). Their hospitality was exactly what we needed, and their attention to detail made us feel loved and appreciated from the moment we stepped in to the moment we said good-bye.

And since we were starved when we arrived, we made reservations at their restaurant for what was possibly the most romantic dinner, ever! They gave us a small, isolated table facing the lake and its 3 volcanoes, placed candles and rose petals everywhere, and treated us like we were the only ones in the restaurant. It was the perfect ending to the crazy week we had! Oh, and because I was exhausted from the drive there, I decided to wear something casual for the evening.

Stay tuned for more pictures of our fantastic stay!

Cardigan: BCBG
Jeans: JBrand
Earrings: Alessa Signature Earrings (white diamonds)
Necklace: Clique Pendant by Alessa

Until next time!

{ Look of The Day } – Fairytale Wedding in Mexico

Gosh, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVED Mexico City! Honestly, it fascinated me. It had an European/American feel to it that is hard to explain. It surpassed all my expectations. I cannot wait to go back! The nightlife was impressive, the restaurants were amazing, the people SUPER friendly, and the shopping…fantastic! You can find everything you need and all the stores and designers you love! Who needs Miami anymore? Mexico City is closer and a lot more interesting! Not to mention that in the Polanco neighborhood, where we stayed, you could walk around at any time of the day and not fear for your life – something we really enjoyed.

As you know, the reason for our trip was to celebrate the wedding of a friend of ours. I can’t even begin  to tell you how beautiful the wedding was! It was impeccable! Definitely one of the most beautiful weddings I have EVER been to. It had a vintage, fairytale feel to it and the attention to detail was impressive – from the classic romantic novels they handed out as place cards (each containing a hand-written note from the couple) to the silver serving plates. Everything was perfect. The wedding took place in the backyard of our friends’ house, which made it even more special (since it’s where they’ll begin their life as one) and blew everyone’s mind away…the house was so gorgeous, and so….huge!

We had the greatest time!

Here’s what I wore for this special occasion and a few pictures of the wedding (sorry the pictures are a bit grainy. It was very dark and we tried to stay away from using flash):

Clutch: Gucci
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

gorgeous, no?
Until next time!

{ Look of The Day } – White & Mint

This weekend was very lovely. On Saturday, we attended a beautiful event at Valle de Los Angeles Orphanage, where we accompanied the children to a street-naming ceremony in honor of Father Rocco (the founder of the orphanage who passed away last year) and attended a very pleasant lunch with some of the other benefactors and supporters of this beautiful place. If you have never heard of this orphanage, I recommend you visit their website for more information. My husband and I have been strong supporters of the work they do since the very first day we stepped foot there…it has completely changed us.

And since the weather was absolutely perfect, I opted for a very casual and light outfit – something that would be comfortable enough to spend a whole day in, because after this event, we had a birthday party to attend – the 12th birthday party of Gian’s oldest niece, Sophia. Gosh, she’s growing-up so fast!

Take a look:

Jeans: JBrand

My handsome husband & I
Until next time!