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Helena, Queen of Mismatching

October 20, 2011

I like thrifted things and it’s literally written all over my blog. When it comes to shoes, however, I rather stick to new. New and on sale, that is. My options are very limited and I’m a bit picky, so that’s why it’s happened before that I’ve ended up buying the same pair in different colors during 2 for 1 sales.

Mismatched shoes

Mostly because I can, I decided to mix it up a bit and do like the fabulous Helena Bonham Carter at the Golden Globes.

Helen Bonham Carter Golden Globes image via: VogueUK

The original plan was to pay homage to Helena and her “catastrophic” style with an outfit inspired by her own, but Vivienne Westwood gowns were nowhere to be found in my closet. Darn. I had to play it up with what I do have: vintage blouses and high-waist shorts.

Mismatched shoes trend outfitTop: Vintage, found in thrift store. Shorts: H&M, Necklace: Primark (both purchases from the London trip)

Mismatched shoes outfit idea When I was leaving my house in this outfit, I ran into my mother at the front door. Unexpectedly, her reaction was not one of surprise: “that’s how Mirna, my friend from college, wore her shoes”. Not that I should be shocked that mismatched shoes were an 80s trend, but that someone dared to in Honduras?  Hats off to Mirna, wherever she may be.

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Fruit Vendor

June 13, 2011

This isn’t the first time I write about one of my favorite places in La Ceiba, Honduras: “the corner”. It’s really just a random corner in a neighborhood near my own (haha), that has entertained/inspired me in more than one occasion.

La Ceiba, Honduras

A nice ficus tree makes it a favorite spot for those downtown shoppers in the lookout for some shade, which in addition makes it a great place for silly gossip, rural outfit sightings and quick naps (if you’re not afraid of muggers). Notice the fruit stand? My favorite thing about coming to this corner for some mid-day chillaxin’ is exactly that.

Anyway, I became quite fond of the fruit stand owner, and was really excited to see he had upgraded his stand to a truck! Long time, no see.

Fruit stand, La Ceiba, Honduras

It’s now much easier for him to pack his things and get on the road. Rainy days are always bad for business, but it used to be especially difficult for him to protect his merch and boxes. I’m glad to see these troubles are long-gone.

Fruit stand inspired outfit - red gathered skirt and yellow shirtYummy “sandía”, 5 lempiras a slice ($0.26).

Honduras blogger outfit - red gathered skirt
Outfit inspired by new truck stand: Selfmade gathered skirt, thrifted bag, Carrion press-on earrings, SODA chunky heels.


His fruits are usually in a better condition (picked the wrong day for pictures), but the watermelon was delicious and I’m also a big fan of the cheap-o chips.

Churros Hondureños

Mangos? Check! Oranges? Check! When he doesn’t have any coin change, he’ll give you a couple of candy pieces instead. No problem-o.

Vintage handbag and Honduran oranges

Besides inciting watermelon craves, I hope seeing pictures of this cute little spot will also inspire a few outfits out there. ♥

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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.