January 5, 2015 by Burgundy Woods
SLTV: What’s your name or fashion identity?
CM: Eve from Elizabeth & Eve
SLTV: How Long have you been blogging?
CM: I’m an aspiring blogger. 2015 Resolution #2
SLTV: What do you do for a living?
CM: Project Coordinator for Wells Fargo
SLTV: Why is fashion important?
CM: It helps express the beauty within. If you feel good and you look good then you’ll do good.
SLTV: What is your dream?
CM: My dream is to learn the ins and outs of the fashion world. I want to do a little of everything. Meet creative minds. See the world. Then, if I could wake up each day for the rest of my life and have the leisure to create my kind of something beautiful, well than life would be just about perfect.
SLTV: What is your favorite quote?
CM: “Kindness is always fashionable.” -Amelia E. Barr
Note from the Style Director
Crystal Martinez comes across to me as one of those gals who was born with an “eye” for buying. Her and her best friend recently took their talent for spotting second hand items with style-potential and started Elizabeth & Eve, an online vintage store. Her site is definitely worth a browse. I personally had some “Oh My Gawd!” moments when finding hidden treasures like a mint condition Oleg Cassini piece and jewelry that is right on trend with runway luxuries seen in New York and Milan. It is one of the more interesting local online shopping experiences I’ve had since moving back to San Antonio and has potential to grow into a very elite site. Make sure to check out their “Did someone say sparkle?” section. It’s perfect for any gal like me who is secretly Zsa Zsa Gabore deep down inside. I am very proud to be showing Crystal off and shepherding her into fashion “bloggerhood”. I invite you to read her Style Tips below and when your done, visit her site. (You may want to have your credit card in hand. There are some tempting treasures at ridiculously low price points that may grab you by surprise.) -Burg
Closet Diaries: In with the Old and In with the New
By: Crystal Martinez of Elizabeth & Eve
Anyone else have a closet full of yesterday’s favorites that, let’s be honest, you haven’t worn in forever? We hoard each article of clothing, because we know one day yesterday’s trend is going to resurrect, and hello, we are going be ready! If you’re anything like me, you have that “small” collection of “doesn’t fit me now but will fit me later” hanging in the corner. You’ve got the “old until it’s new again” section as well. Don’t feel guilty, I personally think that’s ok. In fact, I personally love to take something I already have hanging in my closet and reinvent it with a new vintage piece. I’ll bring out my entire closet of inventory: classics, stripes, polka dots, florals and recreate them by pairing it with today’s must haves or a special vintage find. After all, isn’t that what fashion is about? Runway fashion, street fashion and vintage fashion all allowing us to make the trends our own. As the fabulous Rachel Zoe once stated, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”. So might as well pull from every inspiring source possible.
Just about a year ago I set out on a venture with my BFF and opened up an online vintage shop. We scour the city to find little treasures that sparkle and sing to us and that are comparable to the uber expensive luxuries we see in our favorite magazines season after season. Then, we sell them at ElizabethAndEve.Com
In the last couple of days I spent some time with my sister and together we revived our closets and found some fabulous finds without walking out of the house or spending any money. Together, we took things that were already there, paired it with some Elizabeth & Eve and created some fun new looks. Here are some of our outfits and tips that you can try for yourself.
Fashion Tip 1: Never wait for the special occasion. We all have those glitzy pieces that us San Antonians somehow have been trained to think should only be worn on a special night. I say, unless it’s a gown, every day is a special occasion. Don’t ever be afraid to wear a little sparkle before 7pm or simply to go meet a friend for coffee.
Houndstooth Top: Forever21
Gold Pleated Skirt: Elizabeth & Eve
Red Sandals: Agaci
Deco Bag: The Family Jewel
Jeweled Necklace: Target
Oversized Sunglasses: Armani Xchange
Fashion Tip 2: Mix things up. It’s okay to pair some of your luxurious pieces with your more edgy pieces. Be bold, make a statement. Make fashion fun, the only rules that exist now a days are the ones you make for yourself.
Backless Draped Top: H&M
Long Vest: Elizabeth & Eve
Fur Collar: Elizabeth & Eve
Mermaid Necklace: Deco Tease
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap
Shoes & Bag: Forever 21
Fashion Tip 3: It’s all in the details. Play with your accessories and mix your patterns. Let’s keep it interesting. Something as simple as a printed scarf can bring new meaning to an old stripe top.
Mohair Sweater: Zara
Striped Tee: Love Culture
Black Tights: Ross
Ankle Boots: Target
Watch: Century 21
Scarf: Elizabeth & Eve
Brooch: Elizabeth & Eve
Bag: Old Navy
Sunglasses: Armani Xchange
So it’s the beginning of a new year. Make some fashion goals and have fun! Take risks, even if it’s just fashion risks and remember, no one ever said it’s NOT fabulous to wear things more than once. Even Kate Middleton does it! So get creative, layer and build your style!