Sunday, October 11, 2009

Marlen: Flirtatiously Edgy

Marlen is my first "2nd Degree" profile! Desiree, who you might remember from an earlier profile, suggested that I get together with Marlen to learn more about what makes up her unique and confident style.

We decided to meet at Desiree's place and we ended up having the best time taking pictures, eating halloween cookies, and generally just having girl time. Rikki even stopped by who you might remember from my first profile! It was a great way to spend a Sunday!

After hanging out with Marlen today I am so inspired by her confidence and how comfortable she is with herself and her style. She is such a beautiful person as you can see in these pictures but she also has such a positive and friendly personality. The day was full of fun stories and crack up moments and it was honestly one of the best times I've had in a while! Thanks girls for a wonderful day!

So check out her tips and tricks along with her to-die-for style!

Look #1: I teased Marlen that I saw this outfit when I facebook stalked her before the shoot. I love the shrug/vest and the belt! I really like her makeup in the second shot too!

Look #2: This look is so cute! I love her shoes and notice her necklace, she mentions it in the interview portion.

Look #3: These pictures totally exibit Marlen's quirky and fun personality, not to mention her affinity for a little animal print and a sexy sillouette!

Look #4: Marlen is right on trend with her plaid shirt but she makes it work for her with a belt and some hoop earings (we decided they are the Rio Grand Valley's version of studs).

Look #5: Marlen rocked this shirt with total confidence and a sexy air! Check out her cuff bracelet in the 2nd shot.

Look #6: She cleans up nice and she knows how to do a smokey eye, she is the full package!

Look #7: This casual yet put-together ensemble is perfect for the weekend or cocktails after work.

Look #8: This wasn't originally a "Look" but we made it one because I loved her shirt so much! The sparrow is embroidered on the shirt and it is a great fit on her.

And now... to learn all you need to know about Marlen's style, read on:

6: Tell me about your style? Describe it to me?

Marlen: Flirty, fun and I really like to be edgy. I like to keep up with the times and the style. I don’t mind being trendy but I can also turn around and throw on some chucks and a t-shirt.

6: What stores do you love to shop at?

Marlen: Metro Park, bebe for tops and jewelry, Guess for tops and jeans and a lot of my earrings and flats, Nordstrom’s for shoes. I also love Target for swimwear, and accessories and they have some really cute random t-shirts. I am all about random vintage or cartoon t-shirts. I have a ninja turtle t-shirt that I’ve had for seven years that I love and it still looks good!

6: Wow! How has it lasted that long?

Marlen: Well my mom never used a washing machine and I take most of my clothes to the cleaners. That really helps things last longer. I mostly just wash my scrubs for work and t-shirts.

6: What colors do you gravitate to?

Marlen: I wear a lot of black and I am really into purple and plum right now! I just love it. I try to do greens too because of my eyes. I also like the way green and red look with my skin tone.

6: Do you like prints?

Marlen: I love animal prints and I am really loving the flannel plaid look that is everywhere right now. I also like polka dots because they look really innocent and feminine.

6: What would you like to enhance about your style?

Marlen: I think I would get more expensive shoes. I love Christian Loubatin shoes. Their boots are to die for. I would enhance my bag and shoe collection for sure! My dream bag is a Chanel bag, the classic black quilted bag with the chain and pink lining. I would like to branch out more with accessories like scarves and headbands. It is hard to do too much with my hair because of how long it is.

6: Tell me about your hair; have you always had it long?

Marlen: I have always had really long hair and I only cut it about once a year. I don’t do anything special to it really, I just keep it long. It is pretty heavy though and when I put it up it can give me a headache. I think I will keep it long until I have kids. It take me about an hour to blow-dry and half an hour to flat iron. I like to wear it curly sometimes because that is easy. I have never dyed it.

6: What is your favorite part of getting dressed?

Marlen: I love putting my makeup on! I look in the mirror and say “What am I going to do today!?” My mom and I used to get together side by side every morning when I was growing up. I would help her do her bangs and put on her eyeliner for her when I was fifteen. My dream job would be to do makeup for the stars. My mom is the one that taught me to always look my best.

6: Where do you get your inspiration?

Marlen: I read a lot of magazines. InStyle, Allure, Vogue and Elle. I love Allure for makeup tips and ideas!

6: Ooo! Do you have any good beauty tips?

1.I just bought the eye roller from Garnier for puffy eyes. I do it night and in the morning and it really works.

2.I always keep a safety tip attached to my bra just in case I need it.

3.I also powder my eyelashes with translucent powder before I put on my mascara to make them fuller. I also have used Revitalash and it totally works! It makes them grow so much and I noticed it in about 3 weeks!

4.I love using the Mac cream pot eyeliner with a skinny brush. That is the best way to put on eye liner.

6: Who in your life has inspired your personal style?

Marlen: My sister Marisol because growing up we had a really good relationship. She is 6 years older than me and I always watched her get ready and she was always on the cutting edge of what was going on. She still looks really cute now too! She works in advertising so she gets to dress cute and not stuffy, yet professional.

6: You seem really confident in your style and you seem to know what you like. Have you always been that way?

Marlen: I have always known what I liked but as I’ve gotten older and when I moved to Houston it opened me up to more options and to be more edgy. Also when I was in undergrad I learned so much by seeing all the different styles people had.

6: How do you shop? Do you like shopping alone or with friends?

Marlen: I hate to shop sales and clearance. It is over stimulating when there are so many people and there is a sale. I like to go shopping Monday through Friday. I want it to be easy and I know what I want and where to go and what size. I also prefer to go shopping alone especially when I am looking for something in particular. I make friends when I go shopping though like Eric my own little “personal shopper” at the Metro Park in the galleria. He helps me pick out things that will look great on me and he knows my style already!

6: What are your favorite pieces in your wardrobe?

Marlen: I love my sparrow t-shirt from metro park (pictured). I have a little cropped black jacket that is short sleeved. I like to wear it with everything, it looks nice but isn’t binding. I also love my chucks and my tory burch black patent leather sandals

6: Do you prefer heels or flats?

Marlen: This year I have been more about flats because I broke my foot running down the stairs. I have had to wear flats even to the club and I’ve realized how awesome it is for my feet not too hurt. I love heels though because I wear tennis shoes for work so much. I love to dress up on the weekend.

6: What about sentimental pieces?

Marlen: I have a bracelet that my mom gave to me when I moved away from home (pictured). She got it from some Nun’s who blessed it and said to wear it until it comes off and it is supposed to protect me. So far so good! I have had it on for four hears. My grandfather gave me a silver lariat that means a lot to me also. I also love my turquoise necklace (pictured in outfit with white top and black belt) that my mom gave me when I graduated from college.

6: Describe your style in two words!

Marlen: Flirtatiously Edgy

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