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Change Feels Good :)


People don't change based on what they know, they change based on what they feel. 


Sometimes we all feel the urge to experience some kind of change. When I lived in Cuba and felt like breaking my routine I just traveled. I went from Havana to Holguin by train to visit my family. Each trip was an adventure. But after I became a Mom everything changed. Now I cannot travel whenever I feel like it so I have learned different ways to experience change without going away. 

One of the easiest ways to keep a fresh mind is by enjoying something as simple as the way we dress everyday in the morning. There was a time when I didn't really got dressed, I just covered my body with clothes in order to make sure that I didn't go out naked. I didn't dedicate a second to observe the color of what I was wearing. My Mom did notice it when she came to visit. I remember her say: Elsita, why don't you wear something nicer? You shouldn't go out like that. That didn't make sense to me. I thought that the way you looked on the outside had no importance at all. I was too busy and too worry about other "more important things".

Elsita 1

 Here you see me in 2005 out of shape and wearing my typical uniform, including the most boring shoes that I was able to find on planet Earth. That day I was looking the best I could with a little bit of makeup and my hair down, because it was the opening of my solo show at a gallery in NYC.

If someone had told me that one day I was going to have a blog named The Hidden Seed where I was going to post photos of myself wearing this and that I would have laughed like crazy. I would have consider that to be the most ridicules thing that a person could do. But nature designed our brain to be very flexible, what you find crazy today could be fun tomorrow.

When I decided to change my life a few years ago I wasn't thinking about doing it by wearing nicer clothes. That was just one of the consequences of other deeper changes. I just didn't feel healthy, I was always tired, uninspired. I went to bed early to see if by resting more I  felt better the next day, but it didn't work. One day I just realized that something profound had to be done so I started working on it.


It took a long time and lots of dedication. I starting educating myself on nutrition, self-esteem, how the brain works... and other topics related to human behavior. It was like going to school again but on my own terms. I gave myself time to learn a series of basics things that everybody should learn in school in order to achieve happiness. The most crucial thing that I learned from that period was that nothing is more important for progress than intentionally working on changing what you think that needs to be change. Just the first week into this personal and quiet process I felt amazing. I was still out of shape and tired by I had great faith and confidence that I was on the right path and that soon I was going to approach a much better place. It was just like going on the train from one location to another, I understood that all I had to do was to be patient and keep going.

Now after all these years on the right path I look back and I realize that change is possible and that change is important and good for you. Without change life would be boring and meaningless. Now I feel confident enough to post pictures of myself, even when some people (like me in the past) will find it a little bit "loco". I wake up in the morning and feel inspired and energetic and just plain happy. I smile sincerely and everything looks beautiful. Nothing is really different out there, the world will always be the world, but the way my mind processes that world is different now, it's a lot better.

In the first picture you see me with straight hair, that's how I look now. It was something that I  wanted to do for a while so I went for it. It was such a fun experience.  I educated myself on hair straightening by reading every good article that I could find, I decided what method I wanted to do and then I found the ideal person to do it for me. This took me to Takako, a wonderful Japanese lady who is now another positive addition in my life. Spending time with her was wonderful. Takako was born in Japan but she started a whole career in the USA based on her great talent and understanding of hair and beauty. She reminded me of what we can do when we follow our dreams. No matter how far away the place of our dreams is, we just need to be patient, stay on the train and keep going.



(If you have been considering the possibility of straightening your hair, the most important thing is to find the right person to do it, someone professional. I highly recommend Takako if you're in Los Angeles, CA. She will setup a free consultation with you so she can see your hair in person and say wether  hair straightening in OK for you or not. You will feel great, she's very friendly, honest, down to Earth, her prices are fair and her place is cozy and it feels very personal. I loved the experience.)


Little Black Dress

Black dress fondo 1500 

I love this little black dress :)  I got it in NY during a trip with Bill, before we had Natalie and Diego. How many nice memories come to my mind when I see this little dress! I remember that Bill and I stayed at the Mercer Hotel that time.  Whenever Bill went to work I was free to walk around by myself in Soho. I love Soho so much. We haven't been there together in a loooong time. 

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Bandolino

Bag: Vintage

Barrette: Handmade


I'm so Happy to be Back!



I thought that the rain was never going to stop here in lA. I love the rain so much but it was becoming a little hard to function in this city with so much water everywhere. Now that I'm almost back to normal I wanted to stop by THS and say hi in a sweet mexican embroidered top, black skirt and Fluevog shoes.

Wishing you a bonito dia!

Elsita :)

Ruffles Everywhere

Mini con brocado fondo 

Yay! The theme of this outfit is: ruffles :) Ruffles are fun and feminine and I love them. On the other hand I am wearing the shortest skirt that I own right now. I know that I am not young enough for these kinds of mini skirts but I am old enough to know that the whole point of personal style is to have fun and forget about the rules. So that's what I'm gonna tell the fashion police when they stop me on the street one of these days :o

Sweater: Love Stitch

Skirt: Forever 21

Boots: Anthropologie

Beret: Handmade

Black Skirt

Top orange black skirt polka dots smaller 

The brighter color in this outfit is on the top but I would like to talk about the skirt. Before I got this black skirt I had already dreamed about it. I envisioned a black sculptural skirt that I could wear with anything on top. When I saw this piece at the store I just knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. Just take a look at something that I made in 2007 and you will see that this skirt was really in my dreams :) I also love the top, here is how it looks without the cardigan. And these shoes are a favorite of mine right now, so delicate and feminine.

Skirt: Anthropologie

Blouse: Forever 21

Cardigan and shoes: J.Crew

Belt: Vintage

Black Plaid Dress

Negro con fondo small

I'm so in love with this little dress! It's adorable. The fabric is heavy but comfortable at the same time and it keeps the sculptural shape of the skirt nicely without the use of a petticoat. I got it on sale at Anthropologie a few weeks ago. The flower that you see on it is a beautiful crocheted  pin that came with one of Natalie's jackets. She thought that the dress needed it and I think that she was right. Natalie is becoming my personal fashion adviser :)

Dress, shoes and rhinestone headband: Anthroppologie

Belt: Vintage

Tights: Nordstrom

Flower pin: Borrowed from Natalie :)

Dos Cameos :)

Negro1 con fondo

Negron con fondo small 


This outfit asked for a little handmade touch so I added two of the cameo pins that I make out of polymer clay. They look antique and so sweet in person. These cameos always "talk to me" about new ways to be incorporated into my outfits. I can't wait to create new ones in 2010, I really want to experiment with different old-looking colors.

And this sweater! Oh! Pure perfection, I want to thank so much the designer that came out with this great design! I love all the little ruffles and details everywhere. How clever and flattering for the female figure. This sweater makes you feel like a princess.

Sweater: Anthropologie

Skirt: The J. Peterman Company

Under the skirt: My vintage petticoat

Shoes: Madden Girl


Winding Ruffle Boots

Botas linda 


I'm in love with my boots, they're so comfortable, practical and beautiful. My favorite part: the little ruffles :) They add a feminine touch that I highly appreciate. These boots were made in Brazil, a country that Bill and I cannot wait to visit one day. Thank you Brazil! I will see you in person one day. But in the mind time: Thank you Anthropologie for bringing a little bit of Brazil to us :)

Boots, polka-dot skirt and belt: Anthropologie

Tights and beret: Nordstrom

Sweater with ruffles on the front: Love Stitch

Sunglasses: Vintage

Location: Staircase to my studio

Black Jeans

Pantalon con fondo small

When I was a teenager I used to wear blue jeans a lot, then I stopped doing it and now I am wearing them again (skirts and dresses are my still favorite ;) These ones in particular are perfect, they're a little bit stretchy (sooo comfortable!) and the color is great. I love to wear them with this adorable linen jacket that Bill got for me a few years ago. I added the hat and the heels for a feminine touch :)

Do you wear blue jeans? If yes, how do you wear them? What's your favorite way? I would love to hear from you!


Jacket: Paul Smith

Shoes: Anthropologie

Striped t-shirt: Target

Hat: Vintage