Wednesday, October 7, 2015


New York is an experience like no other. It's exciting, it's constantly changing, it's original. The more work you put in, the more the city rewards you. You constantly meet new people and with new experiences you learn more about yourself, you find out who you are -- who you want to be. 

If this is your first time on Valengo Style, you may be wondering exactly what this is and who I am. To be perfectly honest, these are questions I ask myself every week.

Currently, I'm a second year law student at Fordham University School of Law where I'm a staff writer on the Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Media Law Journal and the Canvassing Chair for a student-run fellowship that provides students with stipends for summer internships that are unpaid and in the public interest. I've always been passionate about helping those that can't help themselves -- whether that be with legal representation or not. 

If I said that I knew exactly what this blog was, I'd be lying. I don't. It's an ever-changing and evolving part of my life. It's the place where I can share with the world my style and creativity. It's the place where I can control my image and my message. But what's the message? What am I trying to share? Who do I want to be? What do I want to do?

 You might be surprised to know just how often I ask myself those questions/how often I'm asked those questions. 

I want this blog to be empowering -- for myself and for all women. It's a statement that I am not one-dimensional. Women can do anything they set their minds to. I've never been someone that fits into a box. But why fit in when you can stand out? I'm not afraid to do the unexpected. It just so happens that I'm someone that loves fashion, style and individuality, but also since I was 7 years old I knew I was meant to represent people. Being a lawyer is not something I chose, but what I'm meant to do. But it's not all I'm meant to do. I'm an entrepreneur. I see the value in things where people don't. 

 This blog is certainly a big risk for me. Law-wise I want to be a corporate attorney, representing big companies and negotiating even bigger deals -- I'm sure you can imagine how big of a responsibility it is. Venturing into a fashion blog is a huge risk because of the way it may be perceived. But to be honest, how I dress is not something I'm ashamed of or something I think cannot be shared. This is like every business venture, it's risky, but if I put enough effort and dedication into this venture as I do to my law career, then the pay-off -- the reward -- is priceless. 
I'm asked by friends what I'm wearing to law school events, interviews, class, meetings, and social events -- all the time. So I want to use this platform to share with the world my #StreetStyle, my #CorporateStyle, but most importantly, my #ValengoStyle. If I am able to inspire just one person outside of my circle into finding their own style, then I will have made all the difference necessary. 

What I'm Wearing:


Scarf Hermes


H by Bordeaux


Miu Miu

To see more photos, click on any of the pics and if you like what you see, browse the site and check out some of the other outfit posts, and join me back here next week! Ciao belli!

XOXO, Maria Ariadna

Friday, September 11, 2015


The staple. The White Tee.
Some articles of clothing are staples, necessary. The white tee is one of them. There's so many different styles and ways to wear. You can wear a small white tee with a cute pair of overalls or wear it baggy with a pair of cutoffs and booties. Get creative! You can't go wrong with a LWT.

What I'm Wearing:

Classic White Tee: Zara
Cutoffs: Abercrombie & Fitch
Black Booties: Zara

XOXO, Maria Ariadna

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Happy Thursday! #AllBlackEverything
It's no secret that I'm a huge proponent of the all black outfit and it's perfect for a Thursday night out with your friends. Pair a body-con skirt with a crop-top and a statement clutch and you will shine in any room. 
 Today will be the first Thursday of my Summer vacation, and it's only going to last me a week and a half-when my 2L year at Fordham Law begins. It's been a crazy busy Summer. I worked for a private non-profit organization, NYLAG, New York Legal Assistance Group, where I helped get hundreds of vulnerable New Yorkers free legal advice. At the same time, I had a journal competition for Fordham Law, as well as try-outs for groups like the Dispute Resolution Society. Finally, the last two weeks I had on campus interviews for firms in NYC! 
But now, it's me time and I'm going to take full advantage of these precious few days off!

What I'm Wearing:


Skirt Victoria's Secret

Heels Manolo Blahnik

Clutch Punchcase

XOXO, Maria Ariadna

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I can't begin to explain what life is like when you live in New York City. It's almost a year that I've lived here and I have met some of the most fascinating people from shoe designers to photographers, jewelry designers, artists, singers, yoga masters, chefs, soccer players, lawyers, judges, and even financiers. NYC has fueled the creative part of me and has motivated me to pursue my passions of Fashion and the Law. Living here has helped me find the perfect balance of Fashion and Law as well as shown me the way to combine the two. 

What I've learned from each experience this year is that no matter where you are going in New York, you always have to look your best because you never know what opportunity might be awaiting you at that rooftop bar, lounge, or cafe. You might be surprised to know that opportunity awaits you even on the subways in NYC. -true story!-

If I had to give one staple piece of advice: There is no such thing as being overdressed

As long as you are dressed weather-appropriate and you are dressed appropriately to the situation, there is no such thing as overdressed. Dress up!! 
I take advantage of every opportunity to look my best!

Tackling the corporate world is a task I'm undergoing right now and I'm taking you all with me as I share with you all my #CorporateStyle! 
There is no rule that says Corporate Style has to be boring! The corporate world is exciting and demands extra care and attention, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe isn't demanding care and attention as well! However, I know how hard it can be to have to shift through to see what is and is not appropriate. So follow me the next few months as I share with you all my weekly Outfit of Choice. Follow the looks on Instagram with the #CorporateStyle and #ValengoStyle
As always, let me know what you all think and shoot me any questions in the comments below!

What I'm Wearing:

Button Down by Ralph LaurenTweed Jacket by ZaraWhite Pencil Skirt by H&MHeels by Valentino

Friday, June 26, 2015


 I had such a wonderful trip to California a couple weeks ago and I want to share with you all some photos from my trip! I'm a woman of many interests and one of them is photography. This was my first time ever to California and when I went to Venice Beach, I absolutely fell in love. 
Venice Beach was absolutely magical! The people were so friendly and full of life. It was a beautiful place filled with artists, athletes, and beach goers. It was so relaxing and fun; I met so many fascinating people from all walks of life, from veterans to professional skateboarders. It was certainly an incredible place and I can't wait to go back soon!

Scroll through to see more of this enchanting place. One of my favorite parts was the beautiful artwork on the buildings; the place was filled with artists selling their art and although I don't have a photo of it I have to say that it was absolutely amazing art and talent. 
What I'm Wearing:
Jeans by Current/Elliott
Sunglasses by Miu Miu
Espadrilles by Toms
Click HERE to see even MORE of the awesome photos I took!

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Most people will be celebrating Mother's Day today, I will be celebrating my Hero, the fun, fearless, stylish and sexy human being that is my Mom. 

A few weeks ago I attended a Blogger's Brunch (photos to come soon!) and I met some really incredible people in the industry. I was conversing with a photographer and designer about my blog and I explained that it was a joint venture between my Mom and I. They asked me who I looked up to in fashion and my immediate response was my Mom. "She's my style icon" I explained. I can't really explain what it's like growing up with your style icon by your side. Over the years I've realized that most girls wouldn't have been able to handle it. Having such a beautiful woman as your mom can be intimidating at times, I can't tell you how many of my guy friends growing up had a huge crush on my mom. I thought it was awesome! I looked up to her and hoped that one day I would be the gorgeous woman that she was and is. Her style was (and still is) effortless, classic, and chic. 

Having a young mom by my side was so fun, birthday parties were always incredibly creative and everyone wanted to have my mom as their mom. Not to say she wasn't strict, because she really was, no drinking nothing like that, but just pure good wholesome fun. I remember my 10th birthday party she set up my very own beauty salon at home and without me having a single clue anything was happening she picked up all my friends from school and brought them over. Then her and a few of her friends dressed up with wigs and pink feathers and decorated the whole house in pink, set up stands and chairs and created my very own beauty salon. She of course had my party outfit laid out waiting for me; I had never felt more special and like a princess. 
I'm thankful for having a young mom like her because I never had to go through the phase of rushing to be older than my age. She kept me young! Whenever she thought I was rushing, she would remind me that one day I would be in my 20s and that would be the time where I could act grown-up like her, but that until I got there, I was too little to act like anything more than the kid I was. I'm so aware of my actions because of that, I have no desire to be anything other than the classy and chic woman that my mom is. Living with your style icon means you learn from the best. I would not have any idea of fashion if it wasn't for my mom being the perfect representation of chic. I'm constantly aware of what I look like and the representation that I give people of me. I've come to realize these recent couple years that if I hadn't had my style icon there to tell me what's right and wrong, I wouldn't have the confidence I have now in myself. 
She didn't just teach me style, she taught me elegance: how to carry myself in the world with class and overall how to be a lady and a strong woman at the same time. She's the strongest human being that I know. She did the strongest thing that anyone could possibly do: she picked up her things, her child, and moved halfway around the world with no one's help. She's a bit impulsive perhaps, but incredibly and inspiringly strong. She's gone through so many obstacles in her life, so many people would've quit with life in general if they had to experience what she has. Any other person would have quit and gone back to their hometown and given up. Not my mom. Nothing was going to stop her from achieving her dreams. She's had to start over so many times that it's truly remarkable to see firsthand the strength and power that is Woman. My Mom. 
She's my hero. I'm thankful every day for having this Woman in my life, fighting so hard to give me the opportunities that she never got. If you had told my 25 yr old Mom that 21 years later her new-born baby daughter would be graduating from an American University with Honors, she would never have believed it. The funny thing about my Mom is that she's so angelic that she doesn't recognize her own strength and I happily have to continuously remind her. She has survived moving to a new country, losing family members and close friends, being a single mom, breast cancer...and the list goes on. She's selfless, kind, beautiful, and has such an angelic soul. Everyone that meets her, loves her. It only takes 5 minutes to see the incredibly bright light of her aura that shines bright as she speaks to you. She's humble and so sweet. To top it off she's drop dead gorgeous! (the woman looks just as good today as she did 20 years ago!) Woman envy her but they can't dislike her because she's just a radiant, pure light that you want to be around. 
She's everything you could ask in a mother, and more. She never, but never, stopped supporting me. She has been by my side pushing me further and further. It hasn't been necessarily easy because she has pushed me past what I thought was my limit, but if she hadn't I wouldn't be where I am today. I wouldn't be the woman I am today. I hope that one day when I have children of my own, I instill in them the same confidence, integrity, kindness, and self-awareness that my Mom has given me. 
Thank you Mom for being fearless, for teaching me all you know, for sharing with me your struggles and triumphs, for being my mentor, my style icon, my critic, my biggest fan, and my best friend. You're such an inspiration to me and to all women. You're a force to be reckoned with and I'm so thankful that I can call you my Mom and my Hero. I love you. Happy Mother's Day. 

XOXO, Maria Ariadna