Happy April!

April certainly came in hot and fast. Actually she came in pretty chilly, the last weekend of March & first few days of the new month were down in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s, but I CANNOT COMPLAIN!

I feel like the boho look was made for the transitioning seasons – lightweight pieces like kimonos over jeans or denim cutoffs, suede, lace, embroidered details, chambray and layered florals with booties and wide-brim hats. Spring Break here in March almost always means we can take a dip in the pool or get some sun, but sometimes, winter ignores Punxsutawney Phil and stays around for a bit longer, so knowing what to wear while the weather makes up it’s mind between seasons can be a struggle, unless you can learn to embrace and enjoy both the western & boho inspiration.

I LOVED that Western Chic had a moment this past Fall of 2018. It felt like everyone was scrambling to create & find super chic western inspired boots and pieces to add to their wardrobe. Meanwhile, here in Texas, it’s as simple as going to Yelp & finding out there’s a boot store within 3.6 miles from your house. Although, you probably wont find Fendi western boots at a Cavender’s…

Compiling pieces for a western inspired look is incredibly easy when you live in a place where most people who aren’t from here ask if you ride a horse to school/work everyday (I’ve seriously been asked this question on multiple occasions), and as second-nature as “y’all” in conversation!

Key elements of a “Western” look :

  • Jeans/denim/Chambray
  • Western or western inspired boots (think pointed toe, buckles, studs!)
  • Embroidery
  • Florals
  • Flowy cardigans & kimonos
  • Lace detailing
  • Off the Shoulder anything
  • Suede
  • Wide brim hats/Cowboy hat
  • Handcrafted Jewelry (Hello Turquiose!)

Similarly enough, lots of these same elements can be used to describe a “boho” look, too! So if you have a bunch of items from the Houston Rodeo Season, or would like to try the western inspired look without looking too much like Annie Oakley, here are a couple of looks that are fresh, springy, incorporates pieces you probably already have in your closet, and can even be used for Festival Season!

White Jeans | Chambray Top | Western Boots

Seriously a thousand ways to wear this combo. First of all, white jeans just screams warmer weather & pairing it with chambray gives it that western/boho feel when paired with some western boots, a suede/felt wide brim hat. Pair with a belt of your choice – you can use a scarf instead of a leather belt, plus a tribal inspired necklace to truly give it a boho look. Or do as I did here and add a gold chain for subtle chicness.

Keep the hat, pair with a lacy off the shoulder blouse, leave the boots or replace with suede booties to take this up a Coachella notch.

Floral Top | Denim Skirt | Suede Western Booties

This top is flowy, and has an open back – two of my favorite things. I paired with a circle skirt instead of the traditional denim mini skirt, because I get A LOT more use out of this skirt than with the conventional mini skirt. Pair with suede western inspired booties and a pair of horse-shoe looking earrings.

Turn up the desert vibes with a pair of high waisted denim cut offs and western boots.

Floral Skirt | Chambray Top

A chambray shirt is an absolute staple in my closet. Sometimes I like to tie at the base of my blouse, so if I’m exposing a touch of skin, I like to button the blouse all the way to the top & add a statement necklace to bring a focal point towards my uber-ly covered chest.

Leave the skirt, pair with an off the shoulder crop top and lace up sandals to listen to your favorite music act.

Flowy Jumpsuit |Denim Jacket

Jean Jackets – they’re a staple, they can be found in abundance and they’ve been pretty much timeless for the last 3-4 decades, so they’re likely not going ANYWHERE, any time soon. 
If you’re ever in need of western inspo or boho inspired outfit – throw a jean jacket over a flowy piece, add some boho accessories like a long dangly necklace with a bunch of other short, dainty necklaces, a panama hat, add some booties and you’re ready for a Bob Dylan concert.

Nix the jacket, add the hat and leave the booties or pair with some sandals for that boho feel.

Flowy, Maxi Dress

I think I found the inspiration for this post in this dress alone.
I felt like Stevie Nicks once I completed this outfit.
Honestly, this was one of my rodeo outfits this year. But as soon as I pulled on my pair of boots with this maxi, I felt like I was heading to Woodstock or even a modern day music festival like Coachella. HELLO BOHO.
The pattern of this maxi is absolutely perfect for a boho inspired outfit, but any flowy maxi with boots or booties really gives that ethereal exoticism we often see with boho chic.

The best part of living in Houston, is that you can pair almost anything with western boots and no one raises an eyebrow. And the best part of Festival Season is that you can wear the style and you come off as trendy! It doesn’t look like boho will go anywhere for a while, so buy the boots!

xoxo

La Glam Greek

Alas, here we are at the end of February 2019, and it was a good 2nd month to the year!

If you’ve been around for the last 3 V-Day posts I’ve made (linked here, here and here), you know I’m not against the holiday regardless of my relationship status and that I really actually enjoy the holiday. Probably because my momma always made EVERY holiday, regardless of how big it was, ULTRA special. So I learned from an early age that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about showing love to your significant other, but to everyone, including yourself! J Which means, you can never be lonely if you always have yourself as a date.

But really, I just love the holiday because the associated colors are part of my favorite color palette!! 

Red, pink, blush, fushia, magenta…

I found these hot pink pants at Banana Republic while Christmas shopping, but with will and determination, I resisted the temptation… and lucky I did because I found the same pair online for $30. Yes, $30. And the color is everything my pink loving heart could dream of. I love that they can be dressed up, or dressed down. I paired it with some dad sneakers and a fitted blazer (because I didn’t already have an oversized blazer… didn’t want to buy into the trend, but I may just hit up a Goodwill on second thought) with a tee underneath to keep the business casual pieces from being too stuffy. Or with a pair of leopard platforms as an ode to the leopard craze Fall 2018, a leather jacket and a dark lip to give the pants more edge.

This blush gingham dress by The Confidante Collection is fun, flirty, romantic, and sexy all in one. I fell in love with the sleeves, and the unique color of the pattern. And the ruching at the midriff is incredibly flattering.
I love that this piece is versatile as well, being able to dress up or down. I styled it here with a blush suede jacket I found at Target, white sock boots (which were on clearance for $8 at Target) and then, back at it again with the dad sneakers.

Pink is such a cheery, fresh color and I love that with Valentine’s Day I get a good helping of lots of makeup, fashion, and decor in this fun hue. Makes me ready for Spring!

xoxo,

The Glam Greek,

There’s a lot of mess in this world. We pray for love and peace, but really, it starts from within.

Same goes for when someone feels like they cant find someone for them, or they attract the same dead-end type of relationships.

As Rupaul said it, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna somebody else?”

I’ve often thought about my own love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I hate that people who don’t have a Valentine date feel more “aware‘ of their single status. But I love the colors, and I just love the L O V E !

And then I thought, for so long, Valentine’s Day is about telling your crush you like them, or hoping to have that cute guy you keep bumping into at the deli to notice you and finally ask you out! If Valentine’s Day is all about love, why can’t you be your own date? Why can’t it be about loving yourself first?

It’s not about being selfish, because self care and self love, makes you a better person. It makes you a better friend, sister, daughter, companion, mother, aunt, cousin. When you can love yourself, you create the vibe in which you surround yourself.

There are SO many ways that you can treat yourself like the partner you deserve :

  • Take yourself shopping
  • Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly at a swanky downtown bar
  • Draw yourself a bath, add bubbles or milk, honey and rose petals
  • Light some aromatic candles and take a hot, steamy shower
  • Find some really smell-good lotions and serums to apply after your bath
  • Clean Linens
  • WORK OUT! Yoga or a quick meditation. I know it may sound weird, but try it
  • Journal – write down 10 things you like about yourself. Can be as simple and random as, “I like my earlobes” but write 10 things you like about yourself.
  • Put on some makeup, do your hair, and take some selfies. Take at least 20 and find a few that make you feel like a boss babe

So many ways to show yourself love, I don’t even know if I touched the tip of the iceberg.

I cleaned ALL my linens. From my mattress pads, to my sheets, to my quilt, to my throw blankets and sham covers. I got a pretty good work out in. I fed my body well today. I shaved, because I don’t have laser yet :(, exfoliated all over in a hot shower today, used my deep conditioner in my hair, used extra serums and I used my extra moisturizing lotion. I made sure to light some candles and I jotted down a couple things I love about myself. One of which read, “I love that you get so obsessed with memes that you can watch them over and over and still laugh after watching it 18 times.”

Love yourself down to the simplest thing!

This Valentine’s Day, I hope you find some ways to show love to the temple that you live your life in every day.

And just like that, Christmas 2018 is over. It came, and it went! I don’t even know where the year’s gone, but it’s been such a great ride.

As I get older, sometimes it’s hard to get in the Christmas spirit… responsibilities, work, bills, social events, adulting…

At Christmas Eve mass last night, I thought to myself, this is my 30th Christmas!

And I looked around at all the people there, all different ages, all different backgrounds, and thought about all the Christmases they’ve celebrated; the number of Christmases my parents have celebrated; and I looked around at all the children and their bright eyes, looking at all the lights & the decorations, dressed in their red and their green, trembling with excitement. And I remembered that same excitement when it was my 8th Christmas too! After about 20, there will be some years when the feeling just isn’t there… until RIGHT at Christmas!

This year though, I was quite in the holiday spirit early on – had my decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I wanted all the red, glittery, sparkle everything I could find!

Sometimes it’s hard to feel the sparkle & shine of life, but I hope you all have felt it this Christmas!! And if by chance, it didn’t go the way you’d hope (as holidays usually don’t!), just know that there’s always next year, God willing ❤️ love you all, thank you so much for stopping by my blog, wishing you many blessings of health, happiness, success & love for 2019!

Love,

María, La Glam Greek

The goal was to come home last night and share all of the things that I’ve been grateful for this year here on Glam Greek, but after starting my day at the crack of dawn and spending half my day on side of the city and then the latter part on the other; I was knocked out by 10! Granted, there was lots of turkey  involved in my day and isn’t there some sort of scientifically proven fact that turkey has some sort of enzyme that when it breaks down it causes fatigue?! Either way, Thanksgiving 2018 was REALLY nice!!! Sometimes the holidays can feel really overwhelming. What is it about this time of year and having people over that gives everyone like, this intense need to make everything perfect? I felt that this year was a little more chill after I finally allowed myself to just go with the flow! And really took the time to think of the things I was really grateful for this year.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:

  1. The place and location I moved to January 2018
  2. The vacations I was able to take!
  3. The people I’ve met & relationships I’ve made
  4. The experiences that helped me grow
  5. Buying a new car!
  6. Keeping my faith through the tough times
  7. The good times I had with those I love most
  8. Watching this blog and my style grow
  9. The friends who’ve stuck with me through the ups & downs this year
  10. My wonderful family

Denim Jacket : recycled from years in my closet | Body Suit & Pants : Emerson Rose Houston | Shoes : Asos

I am also thankful for these paper bag elastic waist band pants that have been VERY popular this year! I found the most perfect fall colored pants from a boutique here in Houston along with this body suit which I also wore for my Disco Fever Halloween costume. I paired with these platform cork sandals that tied together this 70’s color palette inspired outfit. and it was greatly comfortable even after 2 plates full of Thanksgiving dishes and treats!

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without beautiful rusty orange shadows and lipstick colors. I used the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Vault palette in “Ring the Alarm” on my eyes and “Out Loud” Always On liquid lipstick by Smashbox on the lips. Finished off the look by nixing a thick winged liner and and using Selfless false lashes by Glory by K.

Also –

I am currently ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED and 90% positive that I will never use another nail polish brand besides OPI’s Infinite Shine. They have an amazing array of colors for all the seasons, and their color “Hold Out For More” is a beautiful deep orange that suits the season and the holiday. Besides the fact that the color is immaculate, it holds up SO well. My contribution to Thanksgiving dinner was a broccoli, cheese & rice casserole, cranberry sauce and a beet/pomegranate/arugula salad. My manicure, which I had gotten on Monday lasted through all the chopping, mixing, peeling, prepping, washing, scubbing, and wiping that happens during the preparation of a Thanksgiving feast. Having a presentable manicure for Thanksgiving day is both a miracle and a blessing, of that, I am very thankful as well!!

Hope you all had a blessed holiday, and cheers to the next month of Christmas cheer!

kisses,

The Glam Greek