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The Big Tent | Circus Inspiration

February 19, 2011

I was lucky enough to get into a tent during NY Fashion Week.
Okay, okay, bad joke…

Circus Renato - Honduras

When the Renato Circus came to town last week, I decided I would stop by and try to peek in. The show wouldn’t begin for another hour anyway, and my friend Mario agreed to come with me. When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to visit the circus for various reasons (trauma stories, naughty clown jokes) and that’s probably why I still felt like I wasn’t supposed to be there.

Circus outfit - pleated skirt and blue button-up shirtPleated skirt made by myself, vintage choker from granny. 

We took a few pictures outside waiting to be kicked out any second, but instead we were surprisingly greeted by friendly circus performers (who weren’t in their costumes yet) and they offered a pre-show tour. HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY SAY NO TO THAT?!

circus-curtainMario’s big entrance. Haha! Vintage Ray-bans that me loves.

It was very spooky…the large dark tent, stunt cages, old furniture, clown makeup…so strange and exciting at the same time. One of the trapeze act boys insisted I go touch the tiger and I LOVE tigers, but caged animals are not my cup of tea, so I insisted he let us in one of the dressing rooms instead. He actually agreed!

Circus dressing roomFriendly welcome.

The dressing room on wheels was quite tiny, and the costumes were all squeezed into one small room. A few things were hanging on a wall.

Circus costumes

Cool looking (though destroyed) nude mary janes. Primary colors. Sequins. It’s a shame I wasn’t dressed for the occasion…my preppy button up and stiff pleated skirt were so BLAH in the midst of all the flamboyance.

Circus heels
It was funny how the crew kept asking me if I was a model (camera+heels give that vibe, I suppose), and asking me for me “eemay” address so they could see the pictures online. I was sad because my pesky camera REF– USED to behave in low lighting, and I couldn’t get a good shot of everybody.  Here’s one with the stunts boy, son of the ringmaster.

saltarinCute-ay. ♥

Such a memorable visit. The next day I happened to bump into some of the crew members at the mall! I’ll make sure to visit them next year…and with a better camera at hand. 

 I leave you with my circus inspired outfit:

Circus inspired outfitVintage 80s top, thrifted belt. Thrifted uniform skirt and T-strap mary janes to tone down the craziness a bit. 

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  • Eva February 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

    That’s so cute 🙂
    Maybe they were asking you if you’re a model, because you look like a model?
    Love the first outfit and the second one is cute, too 🙂

  • Anonymous February 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Brillante! Definitivamente tenes algo Fabi Maricela Pina 😀

  • Carolina February 21, 2011 at 3:40 am

    hey girl! i have never been to a circus, when i was in mexico i wanted to go to one..but everyone teased me!lol. anyways, sweet outfits!

    my parents are from los pueblos de Azacualpa & Macuelizo, located in “Los Valles de Quimistan”,Santa Barbara, Honduras. Conoces por aya?

    thanks for that website! i will chck it out y agregareme 🙂

  • Hanna February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    you look adorable! and what an adventure being invited inside the tent 🙂

  • Sol March 1, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Great pictures!

  • Carolina March 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    FABI! i love thisss post!!!

  • KIRAFASHION March 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Fabi, you look amazing!!!
    Love the skirt and the combo you are wearing, so cute!

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  • Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I have to agree with Eva: you do look like a model! People must do a double take when they see how beautiful you are and with an incredible sense of style to boot!
    You ought to be in Paris, girl!


  • Humberto March 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hola Fabi.

    Siempre de linda en las fotos.

    El sabado 12 de este mes la vi en Hedman Alas como a las 5:00 a.m. la quede viendo pero creo que no me reconocio y la segui viendo pero creo denuevo que no me reconocio. jajajaja.
    Andaba bien linda, con unos jeans creo una cartera roja hacia al frente que creo que ese estilo ya es propiedad suya y parte del cabello ocultando parte del lado derecho de su rostro.

    Me dio gusto verla aunque no me atrevi a hablarle.

    Que pase un lindo dia.

    Abrazos a la distancia.

    Humberto Velasquez

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  • Ambush Studio March 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    HOla Fabi!, que cute va tu Blog!, a donde nos comunicamos Fabi, pa hacer algun collabo?

    Suerte y Abrazo.


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    añade nuestro nuevo link:

    muchas gracias adelante :)))



  • Becky-May April 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    You are totally beautiful 🙂 Your blog is just lovely

    The Flower Girl

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    you look lovely!
    Now following your blog! =)


  • Mom Fashion World April 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    You can be a model, dear!
    I like the 2nd to the last photo.

    Hi! I stumbled across your blog.. nice blog you have filled with beautiful pictures… and your beautiful!

    Btw, let’s follow each other. I’m following you
    already. I’m your #242nd follower. Followed me back? I will be happier!
    I would love it!

  • ChiccaStyle April 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Amazing shots, thanks for sharing!!!You are so beautiful!!!