In October of last year, I came up with an idea to create an adult lounge where customers could enjoy a good time in an elegant and stylish space. A place where good music was a focus and guests could feel comfortable in an upscale atmosphere. Nothing really fit the bill in El Paso, but after much market research, I realized it was an undertaking I wasn’t prepared for — on my own. As luck would have it, things changed in January, and I was fortunate to connect with a great group of partners (including an existing restaurant owner!) to forge this new adventure.

We developed a pop-up restaurant and bar experience that services a high-end clientele, while maintaining a distinct flavor and edge, with curated music from greats like George Michael, Pet Shop Boys and even Spanish artists like Timbiriche.

My new partners let me know that I’d be considered a promoter — a term that was entirely new to me, so I turned to Google to figure out exactly what a promoter does, and what makes a great one. A great promoter, I came to discover, is a hard worker, a hustler, someone with their finger on the pulse of the city. Someone like Troy Gordon from @Troygordonnyc, a New York City-based real estate mogul and restaurant and club promoter.

On a whim, I reached out to him to see if he would serve as a mentor for me, and to my surprise and delight, he responded. Coincidentally, I was heading to Manhattan that weekend for Fall Market, so we made plans to meet. When he asked to meet at 12, I assumed he meant the afternoon — but I should have known — he meant 12 AM! Typically in El Paso, I’m asleep by 10 p.m., but this late night intrigued me so I eagerly accepted. We met at 1OAK, a New York City nightclub, and he immediately introduced me to a fellow fashionista from Canada who also owns a contemporary boutique. The entire evening was surreal, packed with beautiful people, beautiful places, good vibes and great music. Troy’s passion for people and nightlife was palpable, and I am happy to share same spark.

I explained to him my concept and asked him his advice on how I should execute, and his advice was succinct: “Trust me — do a brunch.”

I came back to El Paso so inspired and ready to unleash what I had learned. I called my partners and pitched a brunch, and now. Within that same week of my return, I implemented all I had learned on my trip and mobilized my friends to have a trial run. GAL clients were invited and shopped for brunch outfits, got dolled up, set the ambiance, queued up the DJ and opened the doors. The mood was set and I was in my element. To see our clients dressed to the nines, with the florals, fashion and food. My vision had come to life and I was ready for more. So goes the birth of the GAL Brunch. We hosted our recent event at local hotspot, Gusto. All of our readers and clients were invited, dressed to impress and ready for a good time. Where class and elegance met for a party in the city of El Paso.

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Hooray! It’s officially been two years since we’ve opened the doors at GAL Fashion. As I write this, I am holding back tears reflecting about what it’s taken to create and upkeep this beautiful sanctuary. GAL is more than just a store to me, it’s more than fashion — it’s my identity, my creation, my vision, my dreams realized, and my life lessons, all in one place. It’s where I get to meet new people, meet new opportunities, new friends and ideas.

On April 11, 2018 we celebrated 2 years of GAL Fashion. Themed “THE GAL-LERY,” we created a small art gallery of fashion, with live mannequins curated as art, and Warhol-inspired paintings as decorative elements. I wanted this year to be better than last, so we ordered ornate thrones, ice sculptures and glitter cakes. (Yes, I can be a little extra, but you only turn 2 once!) We were honored to have special guest Scheana Marie Shay from Vanderpump Rules join us at the party.

Special thanks to Mesa Street Bar & Grill for providing the food, Bttrmilk for the sweets and treats, and Thousand Grams Club for the amazing custom art pieces created for us. A special shout out to Ladonna Apodaca for always throwing a great party, Viva + Impulse Creative Co. for bringing my ideas to life, Dav Anmed, for great photos, Tony Cedillo for our recap video, Bazaar Models for always providing the most gorgeous models in town, and most of all, a sincere THANK YOU to my staff for always sticking with me, being loyal, uplifting me in the hard times, and for helping GAL Fashion grow!

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A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of being invited to participate in a fundraising event hosted by my friend, Cinthia Arriola. As the the owner of Funki Monki (a neighbor of GAL Fashion), Cinthia was this year’s Chair of the El Paso Diabetes Association, a disease which affects 50% of the patients admitted into our local hospitals. The “Shades of Blue” Diabetes Association Gala will be held on September 9.

Cinthia’s passion for the community and philanthropy despite her young age is inspiring, a quality she has inherited from her mother-in-law Yolanda. Yolanda founded the Southwest University of El Paso, an institution that helps educate those who can’t afford a 4-year university.

In anticipation of the Gala, the Arriola’s hosted a morning brunch event at their home, which challenged guests to wear all-white outfits. Attendees savored a spread by Mesa Street Bar and Grill, while the Dior Make-Up Counter offered makeovers to both models and event guests. A GAL fashion show was the icing on the cake!

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After years of retail, I’ve noticed that a common question I received is, “will you ever carry swimwear?” In the past, I have been hesitate to carry swimsuits at GAL, probably because of my own personal experience and fear over trying on bathing suits. Since I am in the business of helping others and making them feel confident and beautiful, I was happy to discover that confidence and finding the perfect swimsuit aren’t mutually exclusive.

It’s a no-brainer that the summertime is the ideal time to shop for a bathing suit, so I recently reached out to Kari Ruben from Sunsplash, a high-end swimwear store in San Diego, to ask about the do’s and don’ts of selling swimsuits.

Kari referred me to her #1 selling line, Bananna Moon, and after doing some digging, the brand referred me to their sister line, Livia.

I’m happy to announce that these two lines will be featured at GAL now through June 10. What I hadn’t realized before is that shopping for swimsuits is a lot more technical than shopping for regular clothing. There are certain tips and tricks to get the best outcome, and I’ve assembled the top five:

Shop in advance for your trip. You don’t want to go swimsuit shopping the day before you hit the beach, because out of desperation you will inevitably buy something your not happy with.

If you’re not comfortable enough to come out of the fitting room in your suit, chances are you’re not feeling confident, and if you’re going to a beach or a public place in your suit, you will feel even less confident. The winner is the one you will show off loud and proud outside of a fitting room.

Buy according to your body. If you are busty, stick to halters; if you are tummy conscious, buy a one-piece or high waisted bottom; if you are narrow in the bottom, try a print or a boy short; if you are hourglass you can wear anything!

Don’t be cheap with swimwear. Invest in a suit you can use for the next 3-5 years. Banana Moon is made with SPF, chlorine resistant and made in Monaco; suits retails $120-$180, but they boast all the features that can last you many activities, trips, and years.

Buy true to size. I admit I was freaked out purchasing a “size 40” in swimwear but its true, no one has the perfect body. The sizing in swimwear is based on centimeters and most separates are made to mix and match sizes and prints. It’s okay to buy two different sizes! Remember, it’s about the ultimate outcome of confidence and fierceness!

Join us on Thursday JUNE 8, from 4-7pm for our Swim party or come for a private fitting June 5-10 and email info@galfashon.com for more info!

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About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Los Angeles for Spring market. LA is one of my favorite cities, and whenever I go, I try to stop by a few shops and restaurants that I love, and this trip was no exception.

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy PUMP, an eatery owned by Lisa Vanderpump of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so I made it a point to return. To my surprise and delight, I was seated next to Lisa and her husband, Ken, during my meal. In a strange twist of luck, my seat broke from under me, which opened a friendly dialogue between Ken and I. We chatted a bit about potentially bringing Lisa to El Paso, when he jokingly said, “You will have to fly Giggy and me as well!” We exchanged contact information and I let him know I’d be in touch.

Before I hit the market the next day, I emailed Ken in hopes that he’d remember me. He did, and better yet, he invited my husband and I to Lisa’s Foundation Dog Gala that would be held in Beverly Hills two weeks later. Needless to say, I happily accepted. Back in El Paso, I rounded up a group of couples and reserved a table of ten at the Gala. Over the next two weeks, I felt like I was Cinderella getting ready for the ball, choosing the perfect gown, makeup, hair and of course, shoes.

We all flew up to LA the day of the gala and stayed at the Chamberlain Hotel. The day began at Sugarfish for a light lunch, then we went to Drybar for hair. We splurged a bit and had a limo pick us up for the grand ball. When we arrived, it was immediately clear that they do it big in Beverly Hills. The event was everything we expect and more– we were greeted with gift bags and “Pump and Glory” cocktails. Celebrity guests were everywhere, as they came out to raise awareness for dogs being tortured in Yulin, a country in China. Lisa, an animal lover, created a foundation called Vanderpump Dogs to help generate awareness and action for this cause.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, OC, and Dallas, plus Vanderpump Rules cast mates came out in support. Stars like Shiva Safai, Mohammad Hadid, Kyle Richards and her husband Mauricio, Lance Bass, Eric Bennet, Leona Lewis, Mario Lopez, Dr. Simaourian, and many others joined the fun. Other highlights were a silent auction and a lively auction for very lucky puppies – one pup was sold at $25,000! The life, right? We were honored to offer a gorgeous Carrol Dorsey Walker Swavorski crystal clutch from GAL to the auction. The clutch was named after Lisa’s daughter, Pandora.

Lisa delivered a beautiful and inspiring speech, urging guests to put action behind a cause they believe in. The night was a dream, and I was proud to help and be in support of such great cause. The evening was one to remember, with guest performances and special moments.

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