VALENGO STYLE

Thursday, August 13, 2015

THIRSTY THURSDAY


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:


Top
ZARA

Skirt Victoria's Secret

Heels Manolo Blahnik

Clutch Punchcase


XOXO, Maria Ariadna


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

VALENGO STYLE PRESENTS: #CorporateStyle




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

TRAVEL & PHOTOGRAPHY: VENICE BEACH, CA

 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

MY HERO, MY MOM


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




Thursday, April 23, 2015

LUCKY


Ciao belle! After some much needed time off to focus strictly on law school, I'm back at it! Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Fashion Panel hosted at TopShop by Editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine, Eva Chen. The panelists included Stylist Sophia Pera, Fashion Blogger Christina Caradona, and Amirah Kassem. They not only shared their experiences in the fashion industry and their advice for newcomers but they also shared their favorite fashion staples - and their least-liked trends (BTW hammer pants -- tired out, 60s + 70s vibes -- forever in style)  

Here, I am with the incredible and stunning Eva Chen, (pictured above and below) at the reception following the panel. It was simply empowering to hear her speak during the panel, but it was so wonderfully pleasant to chat with her one-on-one at the reception. She shares a similar philosophy with us at Valengo Style -- "personal style above all." It has always been our goal to share with you all Elizabetta and I's various and diverse styling choices in hopes of not only finding our own personal style but inspiring you all to find yours. To make Valengo Style aNeedless to say, I can't wait for the opportunity to sit down and talk some more!

What I'm Wearing
Top by CLOVER CANYON
Black high-waisted knee-length pencil skirt by Victoria's Secret
Watch by TIMEX
After meeting Eva Chen, the next best thing about this reception (no, not the champagne and delicious hors d'oeuvres, although they were fantastic) were the amazing people attending it that I thankfully had the chance to meet. Interestingly enough, they came from all facets of the industry - photography, design, writing, styling, make-up, and more. They were truly inspiring individuals that I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with. 
Scroll down to see the rest of the shots I took from this exclusive event! Also, stay tuned for another post later this weekend on another amazing event I had the delight to be invited to by AMCONYC with the multi-talented and beautiful Adriana Marie. 

All photographs taken by Maria Ariadna

Ciao belle! XOXO, Maria