ON & OFF DUTY

Otherwise Titled: How to Pull Off 1 Dress in 2 Outfits - From Work to Play - a memoir.

Since it's the second post since the relaunch, I thought I'd reintroduce myself, my name is Hov - H to the OV. Otherwise known as Maria Ariadna. Some of you may know me as Maria or Ariadna or Ari, depending on whether you speak Spanish or English (I'll let you guess which one corresponds). My last name is actually Ariztizabal, as if my first and middle name weren't long enough. #BasqueCountry#PaisVasco

I was born and raised in Mar del Plata, Argentina, or as I like to call it, My Disney World #HappiestPlaceOnEarth #FOMO but spent my adolescence in Florida, the land that gave us NASA, Disney World, Pitbull, and Donald Trump supporters (seriously Marco Rubio, you couldn't even win your home state, at least John Kasich managed that, but I digress). #noFOMO #3/4goodthings

I bleed Orange and if you don't know what that means please excuse my #MarchMadness.

I have an incredible and supremely talented little 9 y.0. brother, Valentino, my first love. #FedererAndNadalGotNothingOnHim

& an incredible mom/best friend who saw the vision of VALENGO before I even got involved. Needless to say, my mother is my style Icon and I have definitely developed my style from her. When we collaborate, it's magic.

Fashion Fades, only style remains the same
— Coco Chanel

At this point in my life, I'm 23 years old and still uncovering my full potential. Currently, I essentially have two full time jobs: 1. law school (Classes, Associate Editor at Fordham's Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Media Law Journal, incoming President of Fordham's Student Sponsored Fellowship, Fashion Law Society and other groups but I'm boring myself); and 2. VALENGO (shooting, writing, editing, events, networking, meetings, collaborations). Let's not even get started on the amount of time I spend on social media. 

Having these two separate lives (almost) requires a whole lot of juggling and time management - every year gets better because the further I get in law school, the more defined I can make my classes to fit what I want to do in the future (stay tuned). 

But what it also means is that when I'm searching for clothes, I tend to migrate towards pieces that can go from Stylish Business to Stylish Casual FAST. #StylishAlways

This dress is the prime example. It's my go-to for when I have to run out of the house without worrying about the weather because it's light enough where I won't be too hot during a warm day and yet paired with a blazer or jacket is perfect for a chilly day. 

So, the moment we've been waiting for - How do you take this dress from work to play?? 

Step 1: Find the one dress that can get the job done both in and out of the office. 

Step 2: Take the heels off to go extra casual chic with some originals.

Step 3: Accessories and Confidence

 

For work, the dress was paired with my go-to bag for meetings, my beloved Louis and a pair of black pumps that are super comfortable to walk in (a must-have for the modern woman, I don't know about you but all of my heels need to be such that I can walk a mile in, if need be). For the casual stroll, I went extra comfy with my Adidas, and put on a hat to complete the look as well as to provide some necessary shade.

What's your go-to day to night outfit? Would love to know your thoughts! Also, sign up below or follow on social media to get updates on new posts!

XO, Maria Ariadna