Washington Heights x “Puro Platano” Converse

Last month I received a pair of Chucks with a very special meaning behind them. A fellow Dominican creative, Ray Polanco Jr., customized a pair of the classic Converse and dubbed them “Puro Platano.” The sneakers were in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and were created as an ode to the Dominican Flag and a staple food, platanos. If you’re not familiar with what a platano is, it’s one of our most popular food items; we smash them to make mangu, we fry them to make tostones, we pretty much do anything and everything to them to enjoy with either Induveca salami, eggs, avocado etc. It’s only right that the “Puro Platano” chucks are an all over green with gold detailing on the eyelets and Converse branding. Red, white and blue details on the sole are the colors of our flag and lastly, my favorite part of the sneakers, is the camo brown design on the inside which represents the variety of skin complexions within our culture.

All that being said, my friend Maria and I, decided to go to the heart of Dominican culture here in NYC to showcase the beauty of the sneakers. We took a stroll in the Heights, took some pictures, talked about how amazing the local avocados looked and ended our day with some sancocho at Casa del Mofongo. Check out the pics below!

 

NEW VIDEO ALERT- FALL FASHION ESSENTIALS!

Hey everyone! It is finally Fall on the east coast and I can not be any happier. Not only is Autumn my season because I was born in October, #libraseason, but also because I get to be cozy and fashionable. I feel like my fashion thrives more during this time of year, I feel more comfortable with layers like, knit sweaters, hoodies, wool coats, flannels, etc. All that being said, I decided to share with you a new video where I break down what are some fashion essentials you should have in your closet. Check out my latest video below! Hope you enjoy!đź’š

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Influencer Daiana Veron

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 and during this time I wanted to shed light on some women that I personally admire who just so happen to be Latina. We have come a long way, breaking strides and creating our own paths. One young woman that has been doing just that is Daiana Veron, she is someone who I look up to, not only because her street style is A1 but because she doesn’t let anything OR anyone hold her back from making her dreams come true. Read all about this beautiful soul below…

Streetwear can often feel like it’s male-dominated; in your opinion, how are women paving their own lane in streetwear? 

Streetwear is still very male-dominated but I think for the first time ever, women are starting to get the recognition they deserve in street fashion. Personally, I feel that social media has made a huge impact for women who love streetwear, it has given us a platform where we can express our selves freely; making it impossible to ignore!

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In May, you posted a picture on IG that personally moved me. It’s a photo of you rocking Pharrell Williams adidas Human Race NMDEquality sneakers. The caption describes what equality means and how it specifically resonates in your life. Can you share what challenges, if any, have you had to overcome as a Latina?

Being a Latina in the US definitely has its challenges; it’s even harder when the immigration system isn’t built to help you grow to your fullest potential. I was born in Argentina and moved to the US at a young age, at the time I never realized the struggles I would go through as an adult. For starters, I was never able to attend college due to loans not being available to people without a social security number. With this came the struggle of finding a job that would hire me without a social security number, however, I’ve always been a hard worker so I taught my self how to do bookkeeping and started a small bookkeeping business. It wasn’t until Obama became president that I was able to get DACA and work for a company. I think the most important thing we need to remember as a Latina/o is that where there’s a will, there’s a way! My legal situation is completely “fixed” at the moment, but I’m making the most out of it and taking full advantage of any opportunity I get!

Anyone that follows you will be instantly inspired. Who or what inspires you?

My most current inspirations have to be Aleali May and Raven Varona; these two ladies are literally killing it and leaving their mark along the way. Aleali is a fashion icon who literally paved her way to being one of the most recognized streetwear fashionistas we have. Raven is an amazing photographer with some iconic captures, touring all over the world thanks to her amazing work. I can only pray that I get to tell a story like this someday!

What would you like to have accomplished by the end of this year?

So far this year has been full of surprises, some good and some challenging, but I am hoping to make a move to a bigger city and pursue my modeling career more seriously.

Finish the sentence…

The first pair of sneakers I fell in love with was…Adidas shelltoes and Air Force 1s

My comfort food is…milanesas and rice… have to have rice haha

What I’m most proud of myself is…for never giving up on the idea of a better me

The best advice I’ve been given was…to surround my self with people who appreciate my hard work and dedication 

NYFW SS19 Vlog!

NYFW has just ended and I had the opportunity to attend a runway show for the first time ever! It was a dream come true! Australian streetwear brand, nANA jUDY, showcased their Spring/Summer 2019 collection and let me tell you, I wanted every piece. Not only did I get to sit in the second row at the show, but I was also able to go backstage before the show to see models getting their hair and makeup done. Check out the photos and video below!

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month…

May was dedicated to Mental Health Awareness and I chose to share my story. I have the lovely opportunity to write for MISSBISH, a female-driven editorial platform, that allowed me to write a piece about how I cope with my PTSD and anxiety.  Only a few people know that I suffer from this but I felt that it was time to share and appropriate for Mental Health Awareness month. Music helps me through the hard times so it was only right to create a playlist of what songs, currently, help me to relax in hopes to help anyone else. You can click here to read the entire story and listen to my playlist.

Who Run The World?

This month is Women’s History Month and on March 8th it was International Women’s Day so that being said, I recently put together a video of some fabulous boss babes that I know where each of us share what being a woman means in today’s society.

2018 has been dubbed the year of the female by many people. We have a lot of campaigns for the #metoo movement, a lot of women have been speaking up and making their voices heard regarding this topic and other topics pertaining to how women have been put on the back burner for so many years. I love all of this! My mother raised us as a single parent and she is my number one motivation to be the best woman I can be. We are strong beings and we can’t be quiet about our opinions any longer.

All that being said, you can watch my newest video here! Comment, like and subscribe for more videos.

Get High Naturally with HigherDOSE

About two weeks ago I was invited by HigherDOSE for a complimentary sauna session to celebrate their grand opening at Equinox on 74th street in NYC. I don’t remember if I shared with you guys the feature I did of HigherDOSE for MISSBISH, here’s the link to that.

I learned so much about this newer technology of infrared saunas and how chromotherapy not only helps relax but also detoxifies and leaves you feeling euphoric without a whole 45 minute work-out.

I was able to bring my camera to the session, click here to watch how infrared saunas work. If you guys live in the area or ever visit NYC, I highly recommend you booking a sauna session at HigherDOSE.

My Very First NYFW

This past week was New York Fashion Week and I had the amazing opportunity to attend a couple of shows. The first show was VFILES: Be Heard. Make Noise powered by adidas Originals. It was a huge party, filled with poppin music, dope dancers, live performances and live photoshoot onstage. Besides the issue of the insane entrance to the show, the show was all about urban fashion.

The next show I attended was on the other side of the fashion spectrum, SEL ARLENE. The designer Sel, is a young woman who has a knack for all things sexy yet chic. Every piece that went down the runway, I would say “I need that in my closet.” Check out my latest video here to get the visuals to both shows!

New Video ALERT!

If you don’t know, I started a YouTube channel and recently I uploaded a new video. I had asked my fellow friends to submit some questions and I would answer them. I got some pretty deep questions, but hey, how else will my viewers get to know me?

Watch below! I hope this gives you guys a little insight about who I am and what I’m about! Don’t forget to like & subscribe!! xx

Sunday’s Are For Oversized Hoodies…

I recently received something that I have been obsessing over: The Weeknd x PUMA oversized hoodie. The hoodie is part of The Weeknd’s third collaborative collection with PUMA centered around “Crafted Military.” Constructed with premium materials, the collection is definitely a must in your Fall/Winter wardrobe. Check out the photos below where I paired the hoodie with some distressed Zara jeans, classic black Old Skool Vans, a Zara puffer and my trusty Taikan Everything.

Thank you PUMA for the oh-so-comfortable sweater!

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