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#Outerwear is just as important in the cold! Vintage and #thrifted #1970shousecoat (converted to outerwear), Vintage and thrifted #1980sbag , #Gap turtleneck, #forever21 leggings, #h&m belt and earrings. #color #pink #refashion #housecoat #winter #winterwear #cold #stylediary #streetstyle #outfit #ootd #wiwt #style #limstreetstyle #fashion #thriftstorefinds #thrifting #secondhandfashion #thrift360 #funfashion #colorful

Summer Stroll: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

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  • Vintage 1980s strapless dress (thrifted)
  • Dolce & Gabbana rose print baguette
  • Vince Camuto ankle strap platform heels
  • Sterling silver bangles, silvertone cuff, bamboo earrings, and necklaces

Mira Menos

Busco Mas

DIM: Mini-Dress to Peplum Top

A few months ago I helped my friend D with some spring cleaning. When we raided her closet, I had her try things on to make sure the clothes fit right. She ended up giving me this green and white striped dress. But when I tried it on at home I realized it was too short for me to wear as a dress and too long to wear as a top without looking like my daughter. At this point in my sewing experience I take on these “do-it-myself” projects that are simple to do, low-cost, but the end result has to be something special or unique. So I decided to hem the dress and turn it into a peplum top. I don’t own any peplum shirts, so this would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe. 

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I measured myself and the dress to determine the right hem. I marked it to guide my cut, then pressed the hem, sewed and pressed again.image 

Busco styled me in a look he called “urban neo-nautical”, inspired by the new top.  image

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  • Striped dress turned into peplum top (gifted)
  • Forever 21 knit striped pencil skirt
  • Vintage 1980s yellow belt
  • Nine West hidden platform open-toe heels
  • Vintage 1940s crochet handbag with Lucite hardware (thrifted)
  • Vintage 1980s plastic earrings and necklace; plastic bangles (thrifted)

Mira Menos

Cobblestone Stroll

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An unexpected stroll through the cobblestone streets of downtown Lowell. Busco invited me to the New England Quilt Museum for the opening of their new exhibition, SILK! So I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw for an impromptu outfit of the day moment.

  • Vintage 1980’s knit dress (thrifted)
  • Vintage 1980’s patent leather check-style bag
  • Banana Republic open-toe heels
  • Betsey Johnson knotted belt
  • Goldtone cuff and earrings 
  • 14K gold necklaces

Mira Menos

NY Stroll: Straight into Hell’s Kitchen

A weekend in NYC, crossing paths with Busco. We made a stop in Hell’s Kitchen. I felt like I was 21 again. But better dressed.

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  • Vintage 1980’s coat (thrifted)
  • Opaque monogram tights (TJ Maxx)
  • Kenneth Cole patent leather platform heels
  • Black Fendi baguette
  • Moschino scarf

Mira Menos

Meet Your Makeup

My good friend, comadre, and soon to be blogger Cara-lista, asked that I join her for a make-up event at the Prudential Center in Boston. We signed up through Facebook for consultations at the Makeup Forever Makeup Bag Remix Tour. I was familiar with the brand through Cara-lista, who is quite the makeup connoisseur and loves their products. She has been obsessed with makeup since she was about thirteen years old, so I consider her a makeup expert.

The event brings makeup education to cities around the US. They teach techniques and best practices that work for your face shape and skin-tone.  And did I mention it was free?!  I liked that they asked that we bring our own makeup bag to teach how to properly use makeup with products we already own.

Truth be told, I was a little intimidated. Mixing foundations and concealers on your own to get the right color for your skintone? Unheard of! And not to mention the hundreds of color choices and combinations! But with Cara-lista by my side, I knew I wouldn’t be swindled into buying things I didn’t need. With Busco’s help on what would be an appropriate outfit for a sunny cold Boston day, I spent the day playing with makeup.

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  • Forever21 Cardigan
  • Vintage 1980s leather skirt (thrifted)
  • Viktor&Rolf for Samsonite luggage bag
  • Guess black leather boots
  • Red Plastic Bangles, Forever21 earrings, Vintage 1980s green belt

Mira Menos

Tibes in the Temple

Centro Ceremonial Indigena de Tibes, in Ponce. Only 15 minutes away from the ranch, we made it just in time for the last English tour (the kids aren’t very fluent in conversational Spanish).

I first learned about Taino indians when my father took me to a different ceremonial park about 20 years ago in Utuado. On this tour I learned about the four populations of indigenous people: Arcaicos, Igneris, Pre-Taino and Taino. We learned about the tangible (tools, pottery) and the intangible (life expectancies, ceremonies). I also learned about the digs and some of the politics. I didn’t understand why archeologists would leave pieces of what I thought would be valuable pottery shards. I guess they weren’t as valuable as I thought. Regardless, we had a great time learning about the pre-colonial history of our ancestral indigenous patriarchs.

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  • Old Navy v-neck t-shirt
  • Tuleh shorts (thrifted)
  • Fendi multi-colored baguette (thrifted)
  • Kenneth Cole platform heels
  • Silvertone “bamboo” earrings, sterling silver cuff, bracelet and necklace
  • Gucci prescription sunglasses

Mira Menos

Award Tour

A few weeks ago I attended my day job’s annual sales conference in California. The conference includes an an awards night, which is one of the few times I can glam up. With Busco’s help, we came up with the perfect look. I’m happy to say that my vintage look did not go unnoticed. Being called the Latina version of Audrey Hepburn by co-workers was quite the compliment. Too bad my company doesn’t give awards for best dressed employee.

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  • Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress
  • Badgley Mischka T-Strap platform heels
  • Fendi multi-color baguette (thrifted)
  • Vintage sterling silver beaded bangle

Mira Menos

Supermarket Stroll

With New England winters being what they are, I wanted to wear out a recently acquired thrift store purchase: my fur capelet. As much as Busco might not like real fur, he agreed to style my capelet-centric winter look, even though it was just to the supermarket.

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  • Vintage 1980’s fur capelet (thrifted)
  • Old Navy Collection trench-style coat
  • Rebecca Minkoff handbag
  • Kova&T jeans
  • Zara colorblock platform booties
  • Cable-knit wool scarf from Scotland (gift)
  • Vintage 1960’s black daisy brooch

Mira Menos

Ugly as Sin

We decided to get on the ugly sweater wagon this year to celebrate our first Christmas blogging together. We know they’re supposed to be “ugly sweaters”, but we kind of like them! We think they’re “fashion ugly”: only certain people might see the good in them. And that’s us. Seeing the beauty in the ugly. It’s all relative.

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Mira:

  • Vintage 1980s sequin poinsettia top (thrifted)
  • Michael Kors black knit pencil skirt
  • H&M leggings
  • Obsession Rules “Casi” black suede booties
  • Vintage 1980’s patent check pattern bag
  • Vintage 1980’s goldtone “door knocker” style earrings
  • Assorted plastic bangles

Busco:

  • Vintage 1980s sweater (thrifted)
  • Hugo Boss jeans (thrifted)
  • Adidas blue canvas high-tops

Busco Mas
Mira Menos

Fiesta Wear

My company holiday luncheon was last week, gave me an excuse to wear shine, sheen, and sparkle to work. The color palate says day, but the shimmer in the skirt and the whimsical clutch made it perfect for evening.

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  • Vintage 1980’s Christian Dior button-up blouse (thrifted)
  • H&M shimmery brocade-style skirt
  • Calvin Klein orange suede and cork heels
  • Custom made clutch by The Sin Embargo (www.etsy.com/shop/TheSinEmbargo)
  • Goldtone chandelier earrings (gift from Lalita); wicker and wood bangles; orange plastic ring

Mira Menos

Holiday Stroll

For the past 5 years we have celebrated Holiday Stroll in NYC. (Holiday Stroll is spending family time doing something non-retail.)  This year we decided to stay local and experienced our town’s holiday festivities. It’s not Times Square, but there was a good, fun, crowd of people out on the stroll.

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The Clauses strolling in our ‘hood!image

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  • Isaac Mizrahi for Target reversible coat
  • Forever 21 Hat with thrifted vintage flower brooch
  • 1980’s vintage Belt (thrifted)
  • 1980’s vintage red gloves (thrifted)
  • Silvertone bangle
  • 1980’s vintage red enameled hoop earrings

Mira Menos

Sunday Stroll

A crisp Fall Sunday spending time with family, including Busco and Mami.  Chatting, laughing, discussing new ideas for The Sin Embargo diaries!

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  • 1970s vintage dress (thrifted)
  • 1980s vintage belt (thrifted)
  • 1980s vintage navy-color clutch with brass accent
  • Nine West peep toe slingback cream-color heels
  • 14K gold necklace, earrings, and rings; brass bangle; Amrita Singh plastic bangle

Sunday Stroll: Teen Titan

Son has been playing the snare drum since he was 9. Shortly after, he started working with a drum coach who has done an exceptional job of teaching him how to read music and help him develop drumming techniques. In middle school he performed in school concerts and marched in many local parades during the holidays.

Now a freshman in high school, band is on a bigger scale.  Known as the Nashua North Titans they have to learn how to play, march in sync, and choreography. And I admit, I love a good band choreography. Especially when they’re playing Lady Gaga’s Pokerface or the theme song to The Pink Panther.

This past weekend we watched him perform at a high school football game and at the school band concert show. Schools from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and even Maine participated.

The uniforms.

Son warming up before his performance.

And behind the color guard marching onto the field to play the National Anthem.

 I love the shiny ancient Roman soldier-inspired helmets.

My outfit that night was inspired by the military style of their uniforms and by the chilly weather.

We couldn’t help to get into the groove of the drummers. If Busco and I played drums in school, I’m sure we would have added some flair and shimmy to our choreography! 

  • 1990’s Black jacket (thrifted for $1.00)
  • Gray Habitual Jeans
  • Maroon Charles David heels
  • 1960’s vintage black suede handbag (thrifted)
  • H&M plastic bangles, Garment District red-metallic large hoop earrings

Mira Menos

Sunday Stroll

A wet cold and gloomy morning didn’t stop my stroll. I decided to unpack my winter wardrobe and put it into circulation. I also organized my shoe closet, with Busco’s help. Only an obsessive-compulsive like Busco would take on the daunting task of organizing my shoes by color, style and brand.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A few hours later my daughter and I strolled on over to my friend D’s for her daughter’s birthday party.

  • Betsey Johnson black knotted stretch belt
  • H&M coated pants
  • Kenneth Cole black patent leather Mary Jane heels 
  • 1980s vintage Liz Claiborne top (thrifted)
  • 1960s vintage gray handbag (thrifted)

Mira Menos


J. Raul Cornier as Busco Mas Sandra Cornier as Mira Menos. Second-hand vintage and designer fashion sourcing. For sale at: www.etsy.com/shop/TheSinEmbargo.