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!
It’s most wonderful time of the year: the blistering summer months are coming to a close and fresh, Fall trends are cropping up in stores. One of the top trends for Fall, I’m happy to report, is florals: bright, happy flower prints are gracing runways from Gucci to Céline. This is great news for the budget conscious consumer, since Spring prints can be transitioned into the new season with the addition of cashmere sweaters, boots, or bomber jackets. The prints are now a staple of every wardrobe that can be paired with almost any bottom and accessory. Shockingly versatile, florals are here to stay, so pull them out of your closet and freshen up those flowers with tights and cold-weather accessories come winter.
We may be more than half way through the year, but I’ve realized that it’s never too late to create goals for yourself. January 1st isn’t the only time of year for goal-setting and self-improvement
The beauty of life is that you can wake up one day and make a decision to change. To become a better you.
Now actively making decisions is just the beginning, you have to follow the decision with an action.
For instance I will share with you a few of my goals and how I actively am working on them.
Discipline- this is something I have lacked my whole life, the discipline to wake up early, to exercise, to read. The action is setting my alarm clock everyday for 6:30am even on weekends to train my body. Push myself to be active daily even if its only for 30 minutes and read partial of a chapter or even better listen to a podcast to learn.
( In these scenarios, I am not necessarily cheating the system I am tweaking them to see what works best for me.)
Taking Risks: This one is scary, most recently I went on a trip with the Gals to go zip lining, I had fear and anxiety the entire time, from the drive up the mountain to the final action of the zipline, I never knew how fearful I really was of adventure. But that’s ok, we all have things we are afraid of what I learned that fear is like the boogyman, its only real if we let it become real. So I am actively doing things that challenge my fear and am following the 5 second rule. It takes 5 seconds to push yourself to do an action that’s how long it takes the brain to say YES or NO. So like Nike I am just doing it, scary but so fulfilling and liberating.
Commitment: when you commit to something the right thing to do is to stay committed “consistency” in good or bad times. Have you ever been hurt and said, that’s it im done with you! ( a friend, a co-worker, a marriage?) In life if we make a decision we should stay committed and follow through. Action? When I am in a situation when a friend hurts me, a customer, anyone the mail man even instead of dismissing them I am actively forgiving and pushing myself to continue what we began, why? Because I want to be committed, I want to be loyal and I want to actively be there for the people I surround myself with in good times or bad and I am going to actively let people off the hook because no one is perfect.
In conclusion this blog is about encouraging my readers to really make goals and reach for the stars, why? Because I belive all of you can set goals, accomplish them and be a better you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Ever wished you could wear pajamas in public, but fear judgement for sloppy dressing? Designer Michelle Mason makes wishes come true with a sexy, elegant take on the lounge-wear-for-day trend that won’t make you look like you’re ready for bed.
In these photos, I’m wearing two styles that are in line with the pajama silk trend, but aren’t over the top. We’re happy to carry the new Mason by Michelle Mason Collection at GAL and offer pieces like the Robe Dress, as seen on trend-setting celebrities like Khloe Kardashian. Elegant with a hint of sexiness, the dress comes in a variety of shades and colors. It has the look of a robe but can be worn loose, or with a belt and also as a third piece.
The price on these two pieces? $680 — yes, a little over our budgets but the pajama trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so consider this a fashion investment. Michelle Mason items are luxe, on-trend, and sure to make you the statement gal, effortless and fashion-forward without feeling subconscious. Step out of the box and rock the pajama!