Friday, October 23, 2015

Ruffles & Leather

Ruffles & Leather
Friday, October 23, 2015
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Como la flor, anyone? I did not intentionally plan to channel Selena but if the shoe fits... One of Selena's iconic album covers featured her in a ruffle top, a bad ass leather jacket, leggings, and a deep red lip. Some say I resemble the Mexican superstar, while I'm incredibly flattered I don't entirely see it.

I digress. Let me tell you a story about this ruffle top, I purchased it while in Paris back in July. Cynthia (seestylerun) and I wanted to get the true Paris shopping experience, so we wandered up and down the Champs Elysees, and ended up on Avenue Victor Hugo, a beautiful little tree lined street. The weather was absolutely perfect and we continued to wander. Little did I know my poor wallet was going to get a major beating. I understood how expensive shopping in Europe would be and I was prepared or so I thought. We walked into the cutest boutique called Twin Set by Simona Barbieri, and it was the most charming, feminine and beautiful boutique. I honestly could have lived in there, but I walked around feeling like a celebrity, eyeing each sparkly, and ruffled item in the store. My celebrity feeling ended quickly when I looked at the price tag. I got a good laugh and realized, I can't spend that right now but maybe they have a sale section. They did! So I found this white ruffled top and thought wow this is perfect, it's a bit different, and it's on sale! Winner, winner chicken dinner. I tried it on, I loved the fit, and I already had thought of 3 outfits I would wear with this top in my head. Done deal, folks. I headed to the register and literally the sweetest woman took care of me, wooing me in French. Silly me, I didn't look at the price tag. Duh, Maia, how could you forget?!  I walked out feeling like a lovely mademoiselle and then I asked myself, wait how much did I just spend on this?! What number is that in dollars?! Oh dear god. I apologized to my wallet and thought well at least it's white, I'll just have to wear it a million different ways now... 

Xo,
Maia

Photos by Carmin Fuentes
Monday, October 19, 2015

What Bobbi taught me

What Bobbi taught me
Monday, October 19, 2015
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Bobbi Brown and I don't have much in common. We're both petite brunettes, but there are more differences than similarities. She's a mom, and I'm single, she grew up Jewish and I grew up Christian, and she's a founder of an incredibly successful make up brand and I'm a 24 year old fashion blogger. I had tried Bobbi Brown products in the past, heard they were superb and would have to agree. Her black gel liner has easily become a favorite product of mine, but when I heard she was speaking at a local college, I wasn't totally enthusiastic. My friend invited me, and I thought well this could be interesting, I really know nothing about her other than she's a big supporter of natural make up. The avid beauty follower that I am thought, I wonder if she'll teach us make up techniques? Maybe we'll get free stuff? Eh, why not, I'll go, it's free. So I drove to the event, found parking, met up with my friend and found seats in the middle of the room. As the event began I learned it was also featuring other women discussing entrepreneurship, and I thought okay, maybe I won't get free make up at this event,  and perhaps they'll give us business tips, but I don't really need those. Even though it was a free event, I would have easily paid for the things I learned today. No doubt about it. Like I said, I knew nothing about Bobbi Brown, I didn't know where she was from, where she went to school or how she started the brand, but I quickly learned what she was all about. She was about being herself. I know that sounds obvious, and like duh, why wouldn't she be herself but it resonated with me in a way that I'll never forget.

I have been trying to create a successful resource for petite women. A blog that would help women like myself, find clothes that fit, and style them to make our special body types look fabulous. Since I created The Petite Principle last year, I have learned a lot about myself and blogging in general. I realized I was trying to fit a mold, while trying to break the mold petite women were placed in. Many times I have doubted myself and have thought maybe I am not being trendy enough, maybe I'm not contouring enough, maybe I'm not skinny enough, maybe I'm not petite enough, when at the end of the day I wasn't being my true self. My natural self, my simple self, my real self. At Bobbi's presentation today, that realization was crystal clear, and my thoughts reaffirmed. Being yourself is the best way to be. You don't need all the extra stuff. I have never been so motivated to be my authentic and true self. It has not only inspired me to revamp my blog, but my way of being. I may not be a founder of a cosmetic company today, but I can be proud of myself, I can be proud of my natural beauty, and I can branch out and try new things if I am true about my passions. Like some key points Bobbi said, we have to work hard, but smart, be fearless, be grateful, be open, never stop learning, and have fun. Now that's pretty powerful.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sweater (dress) weather

Sweater (dress) weather
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Sweater Dress: LuLu's, Bag: old, Sunnies: Chanel, Shoes: Steve Madden
Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted, I've been sick for a few days and literally could not do anything but sleep and Netflix? I can't really complain though, I binged watch an entire series and have found my new obsession. Is anyone else obsessed with the British show The Only Way is Essex? I know I'm a few years too late but it's so addicting - they are such a hilarious bunch. Anyway truth be told I probably ended up getting sick because I wore this sweater dress when I was hanging out on the UES, and it was just a little too chilly outside. Le sign, it's all in the name of fashion, right?

Sweater (dress) weather is in full swing and I love cozy yet fitting sweater dresses. They really, really are a favorite of mine, mainly because they fit my petite body so well! They are also friggin' easy to rock, especially if you're just about 5 feet like me! This dress specifically reminded me a dress my mom had when I was a little girl. It was also a turtleneck sweater dress and I remember how amazing she looked in it; petite little lady with crazy curves, and trust me Mama, was working it for sure. That memory always puts a smile on my face and is a reminder to always rock any outfit with confidence!

When I'm wearing bodycon styled dresses and skirts, I like to keep the accessories minimum, the dress speaks for itself - ha! I wore my favorite fringe Steve Madden sandals and H&M fringe bag, BAM double fringe, because who doesn't love fringe?

What are your favorite pieces for fall? Share below!

Xo,
Maia

Photos by Steven Garcia
Thursday, October 1, 2015

(Early) Autumn In New York

(Early) Autumn In New York
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Top: Missguided, Jeans: Madewell, Necklace: Gorjana (via Rocksbox), Bucket Bag: similar, Shoes: old, similar, Sunnies: Ray Ban 

Happy Thursday, everyone! We're officially in Autumn and this is my favorite season. I've probably mentioned that a million times but it seriously is. There's something so special about Autumn in New York. As many New Yorkers can tell we've had some rollercoaster weather  and I'm enjoying them both equally. As I strolled through the city the other day, I thought it was perfect day to pull out this Missguided top. This was the first time I've ordered from Missguided, an Australian company, and I have no regrets. I love the color and the shape of this Bardot-sequel top, perfect for early autumn. The one downside of Missguided is that they do not have petite sizes, and I had trouble figuring out my sizes. That resulted in returning a few items because they were way too small.

My bottoms are a new favorite. Even though Madewell doesn't carry petites (and I really don't know why), I always end up leaving a happy customer. These  are the "skinny skinny" jeans, and I purchased these jeans in the green/khaki color, and in black. On me they are rather long but Madewell offers free tailoring! You can even go back after purchasing them and have them tailored as long as you show them the receipt of purchase. I'm wearing size 27 for reference. 

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week! I'll be at generation beauty this weekend if anyone wants to say hello! 

Xo,
Maia

Pictures by Steven Garcia

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