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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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!

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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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