I created Brunette of Vantes in hopes of creating a safe place for fashionistas like me who are working to find inspiration from within.
An important part of my blog is promoting brands that are accessible to all. Although I would love to showcase some Louboutins as I jet set around Ibiza, Cannes and Abu-Dhabi, not only is that far from my price point, but it’s also not a very accurate representation of me.
My style philosophy is all about functionality, comfort and having fun.
Why pay $2,500 for a clutch bag you could probably only use on a night out (which then you probably wouldn’t want to take beyond the front door to avoid losing it)?
Why settle for a $80 designer crop tee you can only wear with that one pair of high waisted pants in your closet and nothing else because you don’t feel comfortable in anything else?
Why stick to black, white, gray and beige just because that’s what the celebrities are wearing and magazines have deemed as “on trend?”
Style is what you create when you put yourself together in the morning to go out into the world. Style cannot and should not be defined by what anyone besides the lovely person you see in the reflection each day says it is.
Granted, it’s thrilling to be able to see trends on runways and then try them on yourself without having to break the bank. Or to follow a blogger for cool ideas on how to mix and match styles from all seasons. As a fashionista, I live for that!
My hope for my blog and Instagram feed is that they can be a catalyst for people to start to imagine themselves as their own muses. Instead of beauty moguls, singers and reality stars, to put themselves at the center of that style collage they have in their minds.
It can be daunting, I know that first hand. Maybe you can’t afford adding to your wardrobe at this point in life. Or you’re a few sizes up then you used to be and feel self-conscious. Or you simply have never been interested in fashion.
I’m not a model, nor am I trying to be anything but myself; a 5’6,” size 14, 26-year-old Latina from the Central Coast of California that loves anything Disney, adores family above all and practically lives at Target.
-The B of V
I consider my style to be classic and ever changing. I love finding influence from my heritage, music, movies, and other bloggers just like me who don’t always have access to luxury designer fashion. Style shouldn’t break the bank, it should break barriers.
What she likes about being Latina
I love how rich Latino cultures can be. That we come in different shapes, sizes,
colors, different accents, a multitude of delicious delicacies, etc. I love that we welcome differences. I can see it on the pages of other Instagram Hermosaz everyday!
I love neutral colors, as well as metallics. I think establishing a neutral wardrobe is a great way to later incorporate more unique, colorful, trendy pieces.
My favorite brands are many times from affordable retailers like ASOS, Old Navy, Target and H&M just to name a few.
My favorite style would have to be an interesting mix between Urban Chic and Romantic Effortlessness.
Five items always in her purse
Five things that I carry in my purse at all times include glucose tablets (I’m a Type 1 Diabetic), lipstick, a hair tie, phone charger, and a book (currently reading Capture Your Style by Aimee Song).
Celebrity with the best style
I am obsessed with Celine Dion’s style right now! She can rock all of those over the top Paris Fashion Week looks like nobody’s business!
Favorite Latino dish
Tacos. De asada. Al Pastor. Chorizo. You name it. Taco Tuesday? Tacos all-day, everyday! If you’re ever in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (where my dad’s side of the family is from), be sure to check out Tacos El Norteño. Best tacos I’ve had in my entire life!
Favorite thing to do
My favorite thing to do is visit Disneyland! I’ve been to Disneyland at least once a year since I was born! Not only do I love the rides, characters and yummy foods, I love collecting and trading pins! Plus, you can never have too many adorable pairs of Mickey ears!
Like many little girls growing up in the early 90’s, my role model growing up was Selena. I loved her playful spirit and courage to try new things as an artist and fashionista. I mean, who wouldn’t want to rock a shiny purple jumpsuit that hugs your curves in all the right places!? To this day, her free spirit has inspired me to say, “to hell with what people think, I’m going to happy and be me!”
Life lesson she would like to share with others
A lesson I would like to share is that it’s important to be adventurous. No, you don’t have to go out and skydive or swim with sharks (I mean you can if that’s your thing). Traveling to places you’d never imagine; moving to a new city; applying for that dream job; reaching out to a long lost friend; chopping all of your hair off; wearing a skirt instead of pants. It doesn’t matter how big or small the task, if it’s something that awakens your adventurous spirit and makes you feel alive, do it. Do it with all of your heart.