Dav 4383 Dav 4394 Dav 4424 Dav 4398 After a few years as a business owner filled with many experiments with trends and colors (some more successful than others), I’m happy to report that I’ve finally identified my true style. Having access to hundreds of pieces of clothing at GAL, I’ve tried it all—and I can honestly say that I now know what I like: sophisticated looks with a playful edge, reserving dresses for special occasions. Blazers and jackets are my go-tos regardless of the heat. There’s just something about that third piece that says “game on,” almost like a superhero cape.

Of course, I want to be taken seriously, but after a lot of trial and error, I’ve come to the conclusion that serious (or polished) doesn’t equal boring. Even though I am 26, I can’t really pull off the mini skirt or sequin shorts the way I used to. I am a full-fledged adult, so it’s a fu challenge to find the right balance between grown up and playful chic.

One thing I hear often at the GAL from clients is, “but im a mom”, when considering more daring looks or even pieces outside of one’s comfort zone. Or worse yet, “I can’t wear that, I’m X years old!” Wrong! Just because you’re a mom or out of your 20s DOES NOT mean your options for dressing stylish dwindle. On the contrary, you should embrace your age, your journey and your body.

Forget about numbers; whether you’re 30 or 60, the most important element of an outfit is confidence. Exude that and you will glow! My best advice is for my clients not to hide behind dull colors or dark fabrics— embrace yourself and appreciate what God has given you. I invite you to come into GAL and try what makes you feel like the best version of you.

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On today’s episode of GAL Talk, we’re proud to introduce our new resident stylist, Yaritsa Rosario. “Yari” recently moved from Houston to El Paso after cutting her fashion teeth as a stylist at Nordstrom in the Woodlands, Texas. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Yari brings with her a great sense of fashion and palpable energy to the team.

Next up — Mother’s Day! The special day is upon us and we’ve got plenty of unique gifts to celebrate the mother or mothers in your life. GAL makes it easy to show your love and appreciation with something thoughtful and stylish with our top 5 Mothers Day Must Haves:

  1. Le Specs: Most moms have the tendency to take care of everyone but themselves. Treat your mom to some tasteful and fashion sunnies at an affordable price with glasses from Le Specs. Nothing says she’s a “Cool Mom” like a great pair of sunglasses. Founded in 1979, Le Specs is an international brand that can be seen on all the celebrities and available at the hottest retailers. The styles range from an accessible $60-$100

  2. Bandoliers: The most brilliant invention for moms. The Bandolier is a designer-inspired leather phone case with a cross body strap, equipped with a case for your credit card and ID. Even better, the designer has added a case for your lipstick and keys, so all your essentials fit in one streamlined and fashionable case.The perfect gift for moms on the go!

  3. Kendra Scott: This is our go-to when it comes to gifts. Not only is everything plated in 14kt gold or silver, but Kendra Scott pieces are durable, versatile and beautiful. Another benefit to this line is the price point — perfect for splurging on grandma, sister, friend or any other mom in your life! Better still, whether your mama is a Kendra Scott collector or new to the line, you can add to her collection for other holidays or birthdays. The line is so consistent with its metals that you can match her pieces for upcoming special occasions. You can even buy an entire set for under $200!

  4. WOLF: Speaking of jewelry, Luxury British made Wolf is 100% leather and is a fifth generation family brand. If your mom is the type that already has everything, this brand boast luxury travel kits, portable mini wallets to disguise your fine jewelrry and decided jewelry cases perfect for a closet. The pieces are beautifully made and display a luster velvet on the inside to protect your jewels from all the oxygen and toxins that tarnish it in regular cases. These items can only be found at Nordstrom, Shopbop and now GAL!

  5. The big finally: If you are really looking to say I LOVE YOU, whether it’s a gift from all the kids, or even a mom to be, fine jewelry is forever. Meira T is 14 karat gold with diamonds and natural stones, and serves as a great gift to show all of your appreciation. Our favorite thing about this brand is that each piece carry such symbolism; the mini hanging charms around the necklaces which can represent kids, family, a husband or other loved one. Even our moon and star piece has been sold for “Mother and Baby”. This line is the most expensive thing on our list but it is also something that can be kept forever. Meira T was created from moms who do it all and never take off their special REAL pieces.

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Years ago, I had a dream and a vision of one day having my own store. My desire was not just about fashion, or styling or even selling. It was about the relationships I made in my time as a sales associate and then fashion buyer, and a wish to connect and share my passions. Today, I’ve got a year of “business owner” on my resume and I have to say, it wasn’t as scary or as hard as I thought it would be. I realized that by taking a risk, and a leap of faith, you can either sink or swim, and through hard work, I swam this year.

Sure, I haven’t reached all my goals for where I’d be now, and I have much to learn, but I’ve learned many lessons in just this short time. From business to personal growth experiences, this has been journey and an adventure, and I’m honestly proud (and not afraid to admit) how much fire I have inside, to excel, to persevere and to succeed. I believe that we all have the potential within us to achieve our goals and unleash the power within through positive self-talk, self motivation, eagerness and willingness to change and to make better choices than yesterday. I believe taking responsibility, change and growth, and not allowing yourself to play the victim, to use every situation as something that happens for us, not to us.

With all that I have learned this year, I take away with me something better than financial success: Experience. I am inspired and motivated to have an excellent 2017, with my husband, with my Gals and with my baby dachshunds, only the sky is the limit. The most precious thing we have in life is time. So friends, don’t waste it.

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One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to create a “vlog” for YouTube, not only to address the many styling questions we receive on social media, but also to offer fashion insight even separate from this blog. We launched our first video this summer, and since then, I feel like our whole team had really grown stronger and with each video, we are able to better express ourselves and our passion for fashion.

Before each vlog, resident GAL stylist and newly crowned Miss El Paso, Jessenia Cruz, and I, brainstorm topics and ideas. We watch other fashion vlogs and research trends and topics to pinpoint which subjects our subscribers and viewers would most like to see. In the beginning, we’d rehearse our segment, but we’ve learned that it’s best to just have fun, say what comes naturally, and let the conversation flow. The few times we tried to memorize a script, we sounded too rehearsed, so we much prefer having real conversations that just happen to be on camera—conversations just like we would in the store.

After we generate our topic and set a shoot date, our set director, Ladonna Apodaca, arranges all the visual details. Ladonna’s background is in set design, so having her professional, keen eye on our team is such a gift. Next, we call in makeup artist Claudia Castillo, from the Medspa at Southwest Plastic Surgery, who matches our makeup to the set lighting, and creates specific looks based on our story for that particular video. This really helps to set the tone!

Finally, videographer Tony Cedillo films our segment, which actually takes less time to shoot than the prep work. Jessenia and I have a blast together, so the filming is easy. Tony then takes the footage and perfects the sound, editing and music.

This week, Jessenia and I are proud to share our vlog about holiday dressing and styling tips for all occasions this season. We hope you enjoy watching Gal Talk just as much as we love creating it. Please subscribe to our channel Gal Talk and write in the comment box for more ideas you want to see on our future episodes!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!!

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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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