Be & Understand the Customer

We’re the shittiest customers of all time. Yes. You, me and everyone else around you. Why? Well, just think about how you and everyone else has been treating all the sales associates, assistants, bosses and others. We’re just a huge mess. But, that’s the interesting part. It is very rare, that if you didn’t start from the very bottom, that you will understand what it is like to make a customer happy. Some people say that being your own boss might make things easier, but that’s pure bull shit. If you’re your own boss, it’s true that you won’t have to be reporting to someone on top of you, but then your business will have to relay on those who want what you do.

If you’re the boss, there’s not a reason why you should be treating your assistants, collaborators or others as your inferior. We forget we’re human beings. That’s where the problem begins. We live in this mental pyramid were the name and the title is much heavier compared to the pure essence. How shitty is that? And actually, what matters is what you’re good at. Unfortunately, there are many and thousands of countries, that prefer good families than good talents. You have to basically work your ass off and stand off the page if you want to become a true success one day. Do it for you. Don’t do it because you want to compete, don’t do it because you have to be the next success after your parents or even to prove that you’re worth something else. Do it because that’s the ladder that you want to climb and that’s the dream that you’re chasing. It sounds cliché, easy-to-say, and even boring, but hey! it’s true. Stop complaining.

You’re there for one reason. Nobody is tying your hands or your ass to that chair. If you want to quit, do it. But, then don’t come and say that they were a bunch of morons. They took you in. And if you want to be like the rest of the human population, go out, create your business, make a lot of money, and call yourself a success. If you’re still sitting there, working from 9 to 6, and asking wth are you doing there, change your situation. Do something. If you’re planning in not doing anything, then be the best of your very own self.

Sometimes the results will be appreciated by the ones you never thought, or won’t be appreciated at all. That happens, because let’s face it: shit happens. Sometimes that success is going to be recognized like someone else did it, when you actually did it. But, as long as you’re ok with yourself, it will be like a brief sentence you read and then forget.

Be the best, so in a couple of years, months, or even weeks, you can go ahead and tell those stories that are worth knowing. Be inspired by those leaders who changed human history. Who were bored with their freaking lives and did something to become someone. As the very cliché sentence says it, go ahead and work your ass off so you won’t have to need an introduction when you come into a place. Make them all know who you are because of your insane success. Climb the freaking mountain and stop saying that you’re tired and not at the right place.

Things happen for a reason. They just do. There’s a whole life ahead and the biggest dreams very rarely have been achieved in weeks, one year or even hours. If you did, that’s amazing and completely surprising. But, if you don’t, just be aware that IT TAKES TIME. It takes work, effort, sacrifice, health, and many more things that today you will complain, but tomorrow you will be like wtf?! As simple as that.

Be the marketing case that everyone, someday (hopefully at the Ivy League schools and others) will study and will by. And if nobody writes it, go ahead and write it yourself. It’s so true when they’ve said that there’s no better way than when you do it yourself. If nobody else understands it, then understand it for yourself and show those freaking results that you’ve been waiting for.

In whatever industry, nobody is going to give a gold star at the end of the day. We are the new generations. We appreciate effort in a different way. We barely believe in longevity. Enjoy the moment. No better time than the present. Just know that the future is holding this amazing thing for you. But nothing comes wrapped or easy to achieve. Be the example, be that guy or girl that changed the route to whatever is that you’re going, Be motivated, and if not, find something that motivates you. Don’t be a quitter.

Some people might applaud your ‘bravery’ in quitting because of dignity or whatever. But, hey, you quit, you don’t have an alternative plan and then what? What’s next? Hang in there and believe me when I tell you that you’ll know when the cycle in that place has been completed. You’ll know. It’s all about clarity and knowing yourself. Not what other people say. Not what they told you about. It’s just being you with your own self.

One more thing. irony is going to be your eternal companion. People, bosses, and others are going to tell you that you’re not good for the part. That you’re not enough. Prove them wrong. For you. That’s a self reward. And then, eventually, that happiness and satisfaction will come along. I’m not saying that’s going to happen in that place. Maybe somewhere else. But, just be the success. Loose fear. Take risks. There are worse things happening around the world, while you sit there, stare at the computer and think how ‘unfortunate’ your life is right now. Look around and see what the real shit it. See the amount of people that we are now and how many are suffering because of what you have and exceed right now. Water, food, a place to live, friends, love, health.

Think about that.

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Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015

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Hello! We’re insanely close to New Year’s Eve and I’m blogging once again. This time is about one of my favorite subjects in the world… Dolce & Gabbana. I absolutely know this sounds incredibly cliché of me, but it is unavoidable to ignore this if you love, breath and live for fashion.

This time, it is about the Spring 2015 campaign. What is it different from all the others? How can we say that it is ‘wow’ if it is (maybe) one more ad that will appear on different magazines around the world? Well, this time, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce played it incredibly smart and chose more than one incredibly and iconic character. The main role here is taken by laughter and the value of life.

Take a look and see how age, color, nationality and style blend all together in one piece or composition. By just watching it, you’ll identify that is D&G, but once again it is an image that makes you smile. The Spanish folclor is all taken, keeping up with the Sicilian details all over the place. The Byzantine gold details come up as well, showing us or even screaming at us like ‘Hey! Remember we’re Dolce & Gabbana (and we’re here TO STAY)!’

I absolutely love it. I think their legacy is so original, so pure and so characteristic. That’s what inspires people. To take all those elements and create a masterpiece. Of course some might disagree because that’s how planet Earth is driven nowadays, but this time, I honestly don’t care. I think they’ve achieved a wonderful project and let’s hope they keep it up (no matter what).

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The Hundred Foot Journey

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It’s been a really long while since the last time I wrote a post in English. I’ve been writing in Spanish for almost two years now and I completely forgot that I was actually good at this. Tonight after a very interesting and intense day, I took one hour and a half to actually sit down and watch a movie that I was waiting to see since the first time I saw it’s trailer… The Hundred Foot Journey. Before you keep reading this post, I promise you I’m completely different from all the bloggers and journalists you’ve read before. This is not a critique. This is not to destroy the actors or the film with words. It’s just a point of view of how much I’ve learned about this absolutely delightful piece.

First of all, I learn insanely fast. I absorb information like no other, and it is not only about fashion that I talk about. If you get to know me one day, you’ll see that I can talk about almost everything. From food to cars, or/and from fashion to medicine, I honestly think that there’s a charm or magic about almost anything that surround us every single day.

Today is about the culinary arts. It’s about a dysfunctional family that moves all the way from India to a little place in France, San Antonin, where a simple Indian boy becomes this amazing chef by mixing the ancient spices into the classic French food. Yes, it is a little cliché, but every single scene is an absolute delight. I don’t know if it is the legendary charm that the food gives us, but you actually see that going back to your roots it’s never a bad idea.

This film, featuring Helen Mirren in a very new way and Manish Dayal (Raj from 90210), brings up the fact that first, all families have their own tweaks and off-days that we all might think some might not have, but hey… They do. Second, that mixing cultures and believing in a dream, DOES take you further. I mean, I might not be the most experienced person inside the industry, but my dream has taken me into an amazing project, in a country that is not the place where I was born.

Third, after accidents or disappointments happen, you still have to keep going. Do not give up. I know it sounds so stupid, but hang in there. Life will reward you in the most mysterious ways. In the movie, Hassan has this accident where he burns his hands, his family goes through a fire, and because he still has this brilliant mind, he gets to show the master in cooking and French food (Helen Mirren or Madame Mallory), that he’s the one next to take over the restaurant business. He makes it and it is inspiring. It is a different story. (Besides the Parisian landscape it’s a true delight).

Fourth, a lot of fun facts about the Michelin stars come up. The most interesting and obvious one? It’s not pronounced like ‘Mee-cheh-leen’, it is pronounced ‘Mee-cheh-lawn’. Someday you’ll remember this sentence (or at least I hope). Next, the flavors of your home cuisine will ALWAYS take you back. Either if it is a memory or a song or anything, don’t let that go. That is a small fragment that will keep you attached into your country’s culture. (I miss my hometown so much, because of this).

Fifth and final before this gets too boring, believe in love and simplicity. I haven’t believed the first one yet, but simplicity does matter and does work. The whole movie doesn’t move much away from a simple street or village, and the charm keeps you glued to the screen during the one or two and a half hours. Honestly, it has been a while since I’ve watched a movie completely still (without logging into Facebook or Twitter), and this film made it happen again. It is funny, it is cultural, it is a true dessert for the eye. Watch it. I know you’ll love it, and want more (obviously I don’t expect a sequel because… Oh God, that’ll be killing the piece).

Café Society de CHANEL

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Es la era de la “Belle Epoque” y los grandes del mundo artístico y literario se reúnen en ocasiones diferentes, en varios lugares de la capital parisina, para compartir diferentes conversaciones y amistades, que hoy se recuerdan como los grandes momentos que marcaron el comienzo de la historia del siglo XX.

Entre los usuales que se dedicaban a disfrutar de esas veladas memorables, se encontraban Salvador Dalí, Stravinsky, Picasso, Jean Cocteau y el ícono de la moda y el estilo auténtico, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

El ambiente de cada noche era transformado en un escenario sofisticado pero a la vez clásico, donde las luces de París inspiraban más que un poema y más que una creación original. Los adornos al estilo urbano y las piezas arquitectónicas que daban la bienvenida a estos personajes, han inspirado infinitas colecciones y obras artísticas. Y para éste nuevo siglo, es la nueva línea de Alta Joyería presentada por la maison Chanel.

Entre la nueva colección titulada “Café Society”, se encuentran diferentes líneas, cada una con un nombre propio, rindiendo homenaje a esos fragmentos de tiempo que marcaron la visión de la fundadora oficial y diseñadora original, Coco Chanel.

Charleston, Symphony, Broadway, Morning in Vendôme, Tuxedo, Midnight, Bubbles, Jazz, Sunset, Cruise, Muse, Sunrise, Café Society y Smoking, son las nuevas líneas dentro de la colección, cada una con un estilo y diseño original. Los cortes son clásicos, las piedras son preciosas y semi-preciosas y la gama de colores revive la historia que se encuentra detrás de cada pieza.

Realizada con la más alta calidad y minucioso detallismo, la nueva colección refleja la audacia y elegancia absoluta que Coco Chanel lucía en cada conjunto y en cada accesorio seleccionado para vivir una experiencia de moda y gran originalidad.

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Ya llevo un tiempo pensando en este post. Hay algo que deben saber de mi y es que uno de los regalos más especiales que me pueden dar es un buen libro. He tenido la oportunidad de viajar entre miles de páginas escritas por los más grandes autores hasta hoy. Desde mi compatriota Gabriel García Márquez, hasta los paisajes encantados del español Javier Moro, reviviendo las grandes eras de la India y cerrando con las palabras mágicas de J.K. Rowling, que en algún momento pensamos que sólo se quedaría con Harry Potter, hasta que apareció ‘The Casual Vacancy’ y ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ (ambos libros que recomiendo muchísimo).

Puede sonar muy cliché esta pequeña y vaga lista de autores, pero he podido apreciar también los grandes títulos como ‘Anna Karenina’ de Tolstoi o los nuevos autores escribiendo anécdotas adictivas como María Dueñas en ‘El Tiempo entre Costuras’.

Esta vez, le di la oportunidad a un título de Isabel Allende. Desde muy pequeña deje el televisor atrás para sentarme a leer los libros que mis papás me regalaban, que mi familia me prestaba o que sencillamente compraba o encontraba por simple curiosidad. Entre los recuerdos que existen entre las líneas de Isabel Allende, están las mañanas que pasaba leyendo ‘La Ciudad de las Bestias’ o ‘El Reinado del Fuego’. No tengo muy vivo el recuerdo, pero lo que sé es que esos dos títulos fueron mis amigos durante los momentos en que lo único que pasaba por mi mente, era huir de ese escenario real que protagonizaba mi vida.

Casi diez o veinte años después, abrí la primera página del libro ‘Paula’. Muchos me comentaron que era un título triste, difícil de seguir y probablemente aburrido hasta un punto incierto. Pero fue todo lo contrario. La historia de Latinoamérica es narrada por Allende, al punto donde se llega a entender el transcurso de la vida de la autora, iniciando en Perú y dejando su más recientes huellas en las tierras californianas. También aparecen personajes legendarios como Salvador Allende y su alguna vez consejero y buen amigo Pablo Neruda, ambos viviendo y liderando Chile, mientras que la sociedad pasaba por un momento tan difícil que la idea de continuar era el reto mayor (afortunadamente no he tenido que pasar por tal situación).

El libro también lleva esa eterna dedicatoria a la hija de Allende, Paula, también víctima del síndrome de porfiria. Una enfermedad hereditaria y degenerativa, que eventualmente lleva a la disfunción de órganos y recaída total. Las historias narradas por Allende me recordaron la importancia de tener alguien en quien contar cuando se cierran los ojos y no se vuelven a abrir, y en las vivencias que probablemente muchos encontramos insignificantes, pero que cuando menos lo pensamos, son las experiencias que transforman los seres que hoy somos y que llamamos personas, amigos, familia y profesionales.

Las últimas páginas me hicieron derramar un par de lágrimas y admito que resalte una que otra frase para recordar esos datos históricos, que ojalá, algún día me sirvan para contarle a alguien lo que leí y el interés que existe en una conversación fluida. 

El siguiente libro que espera en mi lista, es también uno de Allende y estoy segura que me encantará. Curiosamente, escribí el review del libro antes de leerlo por cuestión de trabajo, y sin querer, con buena sorpresa, el libro ha llegado a mis manos. Seguramente, si el libro termina desvelándome, como lo han hecho muchos otros, habrá un siguiente post acerca del nuevo título.

Una recomendación más. Aprecien lo que hacen. Vivan el día a día. Quieran a los que los rodean y aprecien el cariño y el apoyo que les llega de otras partes. Cuando menos piensan esas experiencias especiales se desvanecen en un dos por tres. No le deseo el mal a nadie ni tampoco espero recibir algo a cambio por lo que he hecho. En lo casi-adulta que me considero, estoy agradecida por lo que he vivido y por lo que me espera. Hay una cima esperando a ser escalada y recorrida con gran pasión y con cada esfuerzo que espera a ser trabajado y desafiado por la ley universal.

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The September Issue 2014

My favorite time of the year has come. It’s not even september and most of all the september issues are already out and available for sale. I can’t wait to be a millionaire and go out and buy ALL OF THEM -someday (one can dream you know?). So here’s the selection of what I’ve found until now. Let me know if you have any images available so we can add them to the list. Enjoy!

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L’Officiel Singapur september 2014

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GQ México september 2014

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Vogue Italia september 2014

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Vogue Brasil september 2014

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Harper’s Bazaar México september 2014

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Vanity Fair France september 2014

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Harper’s BAZAAR México y Latinoamérica

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Vogue España september 2014

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Vogue Ukraine september 2014

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Vogue USA september 2014

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Allure september 2014

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Tatler september 2014

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Interview september 2014

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Essential Homme September 2014

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Marie Claire USA september 2014

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Vogue China september 2014

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Marie Claire UK september 2014

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Vogue Russia september 2014

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W Magazine september 2014

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Vogue Paris september 2014

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Lucky magazine USA september 2014

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Vogue Netherlands september 2014

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Elle USA september 2014

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Cosmo for Latinas september 2014

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Good Housekeeping september 2014

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Company september 2014

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Glamour Paris

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Red UK september 2014

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Harper’s Bazaar UK September 2014

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Vogue Australia september 2014

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Cosmopolitan USA september 2014

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Esquire USA september 2014

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Vanity Fair september 2014

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Glamour USA September 2014

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Men’s Health September 2014

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Esquire september 2014

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Vogue Japan September 2014

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WSJ September 2014

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Elle UK September 2014

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Seventeen USA September 2014

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Flare USA September 2014

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Vogue UK September 2014

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InStyle USA September 2014

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Harper’s Bazaar USA September 2014

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Harper’s Bazaar USA September 2014

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Harper’s Bazaar USA September 2014

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Elle Canada September 2014

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ASOS September 2014

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TeenVogue September 2014