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September 2009

Not Just a Pretty Dress

Blue dress con fondo

When I saw this post on Jennifer's blog (thanks a lot Jennifer!) I left a comment saying that I wanted the blue dress. And I really meant it.  I had been looking for the perfect dress to wear at Bill's cousin's wedding for weeks so that day I just knew that I had found it. 

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I wanted a beautiful dress that was also in great condition, because my dream is for Natalie to wear it when she grows up (she loves the idea) So I run to Hemlock Vintage and purchased the dress, it was exactly my size. 

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Some objects stay in your heart forever because they're part of special memories. And this dress will be one of those objects.

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One day when I am very old or when I am already gone I want Natalie and Diego to look at these pictures and remember her Mom in a positive way. 

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That's how memories are built... 


I know it because only recently I was given this photo of my Mom (with the dark sunglasses) my Dad (next to her with glasses) my older sister and brother (seated on the ground,from left to right) and it was as if a huge door had opened to a world that I didn't know anything about. I made my Mom tell me absolutely everything that she remembered about this picture. She told me as much as she could but in the end she said: The thing that I can remeber really well is that little dress that I'm wearing, it was green and I was so in love with it. Maybe one day you can sew yourself a dress like that  :)


Something as simple as a piece of clothing could be so meaningful. My mom's little green dress told me things about her that I never got to know through our conversations. I learned that I have a lot more in common with her than I thought and it feels good. It is nice when you get to connect to your roots in this way.

So, here is this post dedicated to everyone who enjoys and appreciates magic memories and special dresses :)

The Hidden Seed

This illustrated post was inspired by C. who wrote me a personal and important letter.Thank you so much C. for trusting me. I want to dedicate this post to you. For a successful  journey!

The Hidden Seed

The most important little seed that we have within is called self esteem. We need to nourish it everyday. A tiny drop of water everyday is all it takes. I'm doing my best to make our children aware about that little seed. I want them to grow being comfortable with themselves and accepting their own strengths and limitations. And the best way to teach this to them is by setting a good example myself. I wasn't always someone who was comfortable in her own existence. It took me years of emotional growth. When I finally opened my eyes I realized  that in the end we don't really have to go far away to find ourselves. The journey to a healthy self esteem starts in our mind, in our thoughts and today I wanted to share some of my favorite thoughts about self esteem with you:

To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.

Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true

Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it

Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.

Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.

You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.

About the illustration: It's a picture of myself turned into a paper doll and dressed with a paper dress containing some pencil drawings. 

Little Dream Dress :)

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Here is a little dress that I have been dreaming about :)

In terms of materials: How about gray linen fabric for a nice organic feeling? And  deep red cotton velvet for the collar to create contrast and a more cosy texture in that area? The buttons could be tiny vintage ones maybe from Etsy and for around the waist I could use linen crocheted lace. But the possibilities are endless. With different kinds of fabrics and colors we could change the whole feeling of this little design.

Any ideas coming out from the creative side of your brain?

Elsita :)

Olive Green Dress

Olive dress con fondo

Bill got this dress for me many years ago, he loves this color a lot (me too:). It is from Ethel, which is Bill's friend's store on Third Street here in Los Angeles, CA. In the beginning I wore it with sandals all the time. But the other day I was curious to see how it would look with a few accessories and heels and here is the result. I think that the whole outfit worked out pretty well. Yay! These little experiments always make me happy :)

Dress: G1 Basic Goods (via Ethel)

Shoes: Anthropologie

Necklaces: The darkest one as well as the longest one are vintage. The medium size one with  two strands is from Banana Republic

My Petticoat :)

Browm skirt con fondo

I am so excited about my little  petticoat. You can't really see it here but it is "him" what makes my skirt look like a bell :) After some  search here and there I found it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market about a month ago. It is vintage, I payed $15 for it and it looks like it has never been used. With this new friend in my closet I can now turn any regular skirt into something a little more interesting. Plus I can also wear it for Halloween. Yay! My life after the new petticoat  is going to be lots of fun :)

Top: Love Stitch (Eva, this label is not available online, so sorry)

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: Anthropologie

Belt: Anthropologie

Headband: Vintage

Invisible Petticoat: Vintage from the Rose Bowl Flea Market

With Love, for Diego :)

Blusa blanca con fondo

Today is Diego's first day at school. New school, new teacher, new friends. I am going to help him with the transition. I will be there everyday, full-time, until he is ready to stay by himself. If could take a month or two, let's see. This little outfit has an old-school feeling as you can see. Maybe it will bring a little bit of positivism into Diego's mind. Diego is pretty open to new experiences so I am really positive about today. Wish us good luck please! I will let you know how things go later on :)

Top: Vintage

Pants: Jones New York

Shoes: White MT

Headband: Anthropologie

I am back :)

Con fondo

Dear friend:

As soon as I have a chance this week I will be sharing the report (on my main blog) about my trip to Tennessee and the show opening at Couturier Gallery. I can't wait! 

On the other hand my hair is already back in curly-land. Very soon the curls will be even more tight. Yay! I loved my straight hair but I feel more like myself now. I am still tired from a super busy last week, full of intense experiences. But if I had to do everything over again I would do it without any doubt, it was really great. (I missed you :)

Elsita :)

Top: Banana Republic

Skirt: Love stitch

Shoes: Fluevog

Belt: Nordstrom

Interview with Lisa. A Full Time Apparel Designer for Anthropologie.


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It all started with this wonderful top designed by the young and super talented Lisa Bruemmer. One of the elements that inspired her to create that blouse was the Havana Art Deco style. 


Havana, the surreal and unique city where I spent an important part of my life before moving to the USA. Maybe that's why my connection with this top was instant, as instant as my connection with its designer. Lisa is not only talented and beautiful, but she is also one of the most real, down-to-earth and easy-going girls that you could ever meet. I am extremely honored to have her at The Hidden Seed today and to celebrate this, I am wearing the very blouse that started our connection. In fact, everything that I am wearing here is from Anthropologie :)

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1. Dear Lisa, would you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background?


Hi Elsita! Well, I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio (home to Graeter’s ice cream & incredible thrift stores) & attended University of Cincinnati for Fashion Design. While I was in college, I worked at the Anthropologie store for 4 years & once I graduated, I moved along to Anthropologie’s home office in Philadelphia & have been there ever since (almost 4 years now!). 

I started as an intern working in the Print dept, moved on to the Color & Embroidery dept, and then eventually landed in the Soft Wovens dept, where I remain today as Designer. I very happily design blouses, skirts, & dresses & even get to hand-draw the embroideries that go on them! I work with 3 other wonderfully talented ladies in my dept -- I am so grateful to have a job that I am excited to go to every day & to have co-workers that I love. 


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And as if that isn’t enough, I am also lucky enough to be able to bring my amazing chihuahua-toy fox terrier pup, Atlas, to work with me every day (he loves going to work even more than I do). Other than that, I am just a 27 year old girl who loves cheese, thrifting, neko case, & a great craft project to work on… and who also maybe borders on obsessive when it comes to shoes. Oops.




2. As a full time Apparel Designer for Anthropologie, how do you keep yourself inspired in order to come out with new creations?


By staying busy! I’m a thriftaholic, so I have to say that is my biggest source of inspiration. Nary a weekend passes without me trekking off to somewhere outside of the city to seek out some vintage treasures. Also, museum exhibits are a fantastic source of inspiration – two of my favorite museums are the American Folk Art Museum & the Museum of Arts & Design, both in Manhattan. The American Folk Art Museum has a permanent Henry Darger exhibit that I never tire of visiting & adoring, & they also had a completely incredible quilt exhibit not too long ago. 

The Museum of Arts & Design had an unbelievable exhibit called “Pricked”, which featured some of the most jaw-dropping embroidery I have even seen. If you want to see me get me excited about design, just show me one of Andrea Deszo’s embroideries & I’ll talk your ear off about how totally awe-inspiring her teeny-tiny stitches are!


Other than that, I am fortunate enough to travel to Europe several times a year for work to gather inspiration – shopping boutiques & flea markets, visiting (more) museums, people-watching, & soaking up foreign cultures are all good fodder for design. I’m going to Paris & Copenhagen in a couple of weeks & I am so excited!

Here are some photos from Clignancourt, which is a really fantastic flea market in Paris that we visited last time we traveled. It was an unbelievable source of inspiration.





2. What is the main element that makes you feel attracted to a piece of clothing created by another designer?


Okay, confession: I secretly wear mostly vintage. I love the feeling of knowing that what I am wearing has been around longer than me, that someone else loved it before me, and that someone else will love it after me. It also doesn’t hurt that wearing vintage makes my closet more one-of-a-kind & eco-friendly too. But if I had to pick one element that attracts me to a piece of clothing, I would have to say it would be attention to detail – a row of meticulously packed-together pintucks, a cleverly-placed yoke, or a perfectly unusual button… these sorts of details signify a well-designed garment to me.  


2. Do you remember anything special that you wore when you were a little girl?


Oh do I! My mom is a wonderfully crafty person herself & she sewed both of my favorite childhood outfits, which I cherish to this day: an adorable hunter green & white corduroy dress with hand-appliqued cardinals that I wore on Christmas Day when I was 4 or 5 (my dad & brother wore matching plaid vests also made by Mom that year!)



and my amazing fluffy white swiss dot Easter dress with red, blue, & yellow ribbon trim that I’m pretty sure I wore whenever I could convince my Mom that it was a good idea (with white frilly ankle socks & mary janes to boot… man oh man, best outfit ever). 


4. What do you think about Etsy?


I love it! I think it is an absolutely fantastic resource & I am so so happy to be part of the Etsy community. It has provided me with a wonderful source of creative outlet, a terrific place to shop for handmade & vintage gifts (for others & myself!), & great insight on how to manage a small business. If it weren’t for Etsy, I wouldn’t have known how to start my own project, & I certainly wouldn’t have met all of the wonderful people I have met along the way (yourself included ^_^). It’s the first website I look at in the morning & the last I check at night – I’m happily obsessed with it.


5. In your opinion, what is personal style?


To me, personal style is how you interpret ordinary objects to be your own, a way to express yourself. If given a white t-shirt, how do you wear it? With a pair of jeans & loads of jewelry? Tucked into a skirt with a pair of heels? It’s what makes people-watching one of the best ways ever to pass time!


6. What's your favorite thing about working for Anthropologie?


The fact that I have met all of my best friends there & that we all get to work together while doing what we love. Can’t beat that, you know?


Dear Lisa,  you're definitely in the right place doing the right thing. CONGRATULATIONS. Your work is highly appreciated and we're looking forward to your new and wonderful creations. Thank you so much for being here today, it's been a real pleasure  :)


Also, you can visit Lisa's Etsy store for beautiful jewelry created by her very hands using unique vintage elements. I am the lucky owner of one of her necklaces which I adore. I promise to feature it here soon :)

Mushroom Skirt

Mushroom skirt con fondo

This dulce de leche mushroom skirt is almost edible. I love it as much as Diego does. There is something about the shape that makes Diego smile, he looks at me and smiles with a big interrogation sign on top of his head. I wish that I could open the tiny door to his mind to see what he thinks about this skirt :)

Skirt: Anthropologie

Vest: H&M

Shoes: Bandolino

Belt: Anthropologie



Green Skirt

Green skirt con fondo

This skirt is the greenest piece of clothing that I own right now. This kind of green reminds me of the countryside in Cuba after the rain. There is a province in Cuba called Pinar del Rio, and in Pinar del Rio there is a paradisiac place called Las Terrazas. That's the place where I have seen the most amazing shades of green. The sun in the Caribbean makes the color green look even more intense than in other parts of the planet. And right now I am missing Cuba as you can imagine, but I feel like I am wearing a little piece of the island in this skirt :)

Skirt: For Joseph

Shirt: Vintage

Shoes: Wanted

Belt: Forever 21