Pitches, Blogging, Networking, Emailing, Media Plans & Kits! These are a few of my favorite things.

Loved this tweet by Gregory Russell, winner of the tweeting competition (he is good), and fellow Fashion PR enthusiast with whom I got to #PRnerd it up at Fashion PR Con in NYC! Tanchis be going places! #SiSePuede


It was the ultimate meeting of the #PRNerds with some of the most amazing girls in the industry hosting, Crosby Noricks and Danika Daly. Bringing together aspiring publicists from all over the country and world, I am incredibly grateful I was among those in attendance.


Photo Credit: Alexandra Dimichino

What is Fashion PR Con?
It is straight up Chevere (awesome). It’s perfect any for aspiring publicist-in-the-making, especially in their “This Isn’t College Anymore” stage in life (for near post college, post college, and post entry-level professionals). Fashion PR Confidential is the first of its kind. It’s a two-day workshop unlocking the secrets of fashion PR. This year it took place at WE CREATE NYC. I really recommend this experience to anyone aspiring to be a publicist in fashion.


As a career jumper, not pursing the grad school route to do it, finding networks and participating in professional development of this kind is essential for success. Fashion PR Con provides the ultimate crash course with practical tips and know-hows for working in the industry. Just remember to bring your flats for the 8 flights of stairs to climb! Que Yuca! …but it’s so worthwhile.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Dimichino

What Happens at Fashion PR Con?
Absolutely everything– accomplishing a great deal in one weekend! We created mini PR plans on day 1, working with groups of great minds who all think alike. We all brought a variety of perspectives and skills, and were able to make great connections including with a fellow San Dieagan, Angelina, and Tatiana from Canada. We came from SD to NYC! Represent!


On day 2 we got personal one-on-one feedback on our crafted pitches, participated in a speed networking round, and learned from the wise in the industry – including editor, Julia Rubin from Teen Vogue,Jinna Boo of the fantastic fashion blog, Grease and Glamour and publicist at Club Monaco, and finally a digital PR guru from The Row, Ruthie Friedlander. Did I mention there were cupcakes involved? The panza got the love from Megs Sweet Treats!


What I wore to Fashion PR Con: Professional Attire from Anthropologie
Networking events and professional development opportunities are important for growth in any career. In fact, Ruthie Friedlander advised us to “stay at a job as long as you are still learning, when you’ve stopped…you’re quitting.” I really enjoy conferences and workshops actually; it is the lifelong learner in me.

When attending, I make sure to dress for the occasion, not only because I love it, but because there is something powerful about dress and overall presentation. In a previous post, on professional attire in the teaching industry, Trendy Teachers what we can learn from Obama, I share how I’d like to put part of the blame on the way teachers dress as reason to why we are so underpaid and undervalued. Sounds harsh, but Julia Rubin’s comment of “be professional so editors take you and your clients seriously“, really struck a chord with me for this reason. Although Julia purposed this in the context of email etiquette to an editor, professionalism is important when dressing, especially for the Fashion PR career – style is a uniform. For the fellow tanchinistas, here is how I curated style – the tanchi way:


I wore Anthropologie.
I love my Anthropologie, there is no secret there. They are one of the leading petite apparel offerings for tanchis and have an endless array of panza friendly attire. I wore a pair of High Halls Pumps by Miss Albright in a wine color suede with glittery light pink sparkles – a perfect height for the business occasion and just the right amount of glitz to be able to wear to a “business casual” event. Since I wore a fun shoe, I paired it with more neutral tones and conservative attire. I wore black bebe (of course) Kristie pants (size 10), a similar pair is the Petite Dania Skinny Pant. Finally, a petite size M, Striped Candence Top – or as I like to call my peter pan collared Chanel-like top that I have worn numerous times since purchasing. In fact, I previously wore this very outfit to an Anthropologie Petite Shop event with designer Corey Lynn Calter. I have no shame in repeating an outfit – in fact I embrace it with my mantra of “less is more.” I love when I get the most use I can out of an outfit. I find that with Anthropologie attire you get longevity and versatility in most of their garments.

Why I went to Fashion PR Con
“Coupled with a big yucky fear that I didn’t look right (read: wasn’t thin/pretty enough) or have the right connections/confidence to play the part of aspiring fashion editor in New York City meant that I only applied to college in California. I went to the one that offered me the most scholarship money, but no classes in fashion, advertising, marketing, nada.” -Crosby Noricks, from Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR

When I read that upon the first pages of Crosby Norick’s book (which by the way every aspiring fashion PR girl has to read this!), I was hooked. She essentially called out the invisible script I’d been playing in my head for years and now that I have “outgrown my old script,” I can’t believe how freeing the experience has been and how incredibly hard the growth was. All thanks to the personal finance guru I follow and his ideas on “invisible scripts” – Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach you To Be Rich.

What’s Personal Finance got to do with Fashion PR Dreams?
One of my favorite bloggers and thought leaders is Ramit Sethi. He writes about personal finance, but really so much more. I discovered his blog about 2 years ago and it dramatically changed my life. By applying what I call “Ramitting,” I’ve been able to negotiate credit card APR rates, create a budget for blogging, and most recently, conquer ‘invisible scripts’ to pursue a career in fashion and lifestyle PR.

What are Invisible Scripts?
An invisible script is an assumption that is so baked in to how you view the world and your choices that you don’t even question it. It often involves an inner voice telling you what you should do, need to do, or can’t do

Ramit writes about invisible scripts in his blog post, The Invisible Scripts that Guide Our Life. Beliefs are pre-written by our societal values and my invisible script is much like that of Crosby Noricks’ story and not feeling adequate to be a PR Girl. Needless to say, I read every page of the text with great conviction.

I Thought the Dream was Completely Out of Reach.
The most important lesson I learned from my career experience is that I choose not to pursue “fashion passions” (Kelly Cutrone would kill for the use of such a phrase) because I was afraid I would be seen as selfish and superficial for leaving such important work (teaching)- work that makes a difference in this world. In fact, I would hide my Kelly Cutrone books and lock the door when I read them during my convent days in my teacher service program. But here I am, a graduate of Fashion PR Confidential and making my way in the Fashion PR world with panza and all.


Hashtag #FashionPrCon
Follow the hashtag ‪#fashionprcon for great info, insights, + pics! Wishful thinking, but wish I was still waking up to attend another day of ‪Fashion PR Con this morning! Some of my favorite takeaways were the digital workbook, and great swag bag with goodies from Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos, Pretty Please Nail Polish, Rifle Paper CoJamberry NailsTeen Vogue, and PR Couture.


There is a God
Hearing the success stories of Danika Daily and Crosby Noricks was the best. Muchisimas Gracias to these ladies and to Ruthie Friedlander for the 101 on digital PR and metrics, Julia Rubin for the inside scoop on how to get an editor to love you, and Jinna Boo for insights on how to work with bloggers. Just so you know Ruthie thinks, “It’s so sexy when a girl can code”, Julia “has a lot of feelings about emails,” and Jinna believes “there is a God” when you get your first big break as blogger. Loved it all, Hasta Luego Tanchis!


Donut Worry, Be happy with Corey Lynn Calter for Anthro Petites

Print designed by Stephanie Sterjovski available at the Glitter Guide’s SS Print Shop

Donut Worry, Be Happy because
Anthropologie Petites and Corey Lynn Calter have come together for petite and panza perfect attire!


Doughnuts Equal Panza
When I think of famous panzas…I think Homer Simpson gets a special premio (prize)– a gold medal for this one.

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Puchica! (Salvadoran caliche for Wow!) Look at that panza!

Since childhood I have watched the Simpsons, and what will forever be engrained in my memory is Homer Simpson’s doughnut obsession. It’s quite iconic really. I suppose Homer’s panza accomplishments are reassuring for the tanchi. I mean who can say no to a doughnut that’s elegant, scrumptious, and irresistibly good–looking, specifically the ones made by the #1 voted donut shop in LA Weekly?


They certainly can’t escape this tanchi or the tall and honorary tanchi that came with me to check out the new collection by Anthropologie Petites and meet Corey Lynn Calter herself! Rest assured all you panza lovers! Now with Corey Lynn Calter’s designs for petites, doughnuts are okay for tanchis, especially if they are the kind made by The Donut Snob.


With Laura – honorary tanchi to my left, and Stephanie – the tall to my right

If Marie Antoinette were alive today, she’d ditch the macaroons for the Donut Snob.
No snob can resist these! If you have never thought you’d find yourself “checking out” doughnuts – at Anthropologie’s Petite Shop in Santa Monica, California – you would have here. The presentation of it all had that special Anthropologie touch – the kind you drool over in their infamous catalogues, where you want everything in sight as you turn the pages of their wonderland (or walk in the store, really). Stacks of caramel, berries, sprinkles, and other delicious doughnut toppings were paired with some wine and bubbly – it was a great start to a monumental event in petite world! Anthropologie is now launching in 7 stores their petites line! Tanchis – were talking actual made-for-petite clothes in a store! Exciting times!


Although many historical critics have said Marie Antoinette never said to “Let them eat cake,” I’m sure at this occasion she would have said “Let them eat doughnuts” because now, tanchis, we can have our doughnut and eat it too. Be happy.

How so? With:

Panza Perfect Attire brought to you by Corey Lynn Calter
Meet Corey Lynn Calter, a designer who inherited a sewing machine from her grandfather, a tailor from Italy, and a sense of color from her mother, an interior designer. Corey’s been making her own clothes since her teenage years in Philadelphia. Nowadays, you can find her clothes in so many places featuring original prints, flattering cuts, and classic silhouettes. She’s also known for her maxis and jumpsuits – when I heard she was making exclusive petite clothing with long time collaborator Anthropologie – you can imagine the excitement that filled me!


The tall and the tanchi – looking down and looking up!


The tall and honorary tanchi meeting designer Corey Lynn Calter (center)

Tanchi Problems: Everything Fits, Mi Pobre Wallet
Everything I tried on fit. Everything. I mean everything – maxis, peplums, dresses you name it. Tanchis, with Anthro petites – our pobre (poor) wallets, but a win for our wardrobes! As fellow honorary tanchi, Laura, put it — now the problem we have as petites has changed. Now that everything fits – it’s like a whole new world has opened up to us where we can get fit and style at the same time. It’s what Aladdin and Jasmine must of felt like riding on the Magic Carpet.

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“A Whole New World”
Would you look at that: no panza. Boy, do I love a dress that can work that panza magic. Check out this Malmaison Petite Floral Dress ($198) – wearing a size 8. It’s a fantastic silk-tencel fabric with great hues for the floral print, a lady-like button up back, and a tailored silhouette that dares to use waist piping, yet doesn’t bring unwanted attention to the panza. This dress requires absolutely no alternations and I can see it easily becoming a staple in my closet! That’s right – no alternations. I’ve paired it with a swanky and very pretty burgundy velvet shoe that glitters light pink– these High Halls Pumps ($158) by Miss Albright are definite head turners!


Remember that with Corey Lynn Calter’s designs you get an original print, a flattering cut, and classic silhouette – well every garment passes the test. Check out these other garments by Corey Lynn Calter.

Can You Spot the Panza?
Wearing a size 10, very unique geometric print that almost never works on the tanchi body – but of course with the Hypatia Petite Corset Top ($118) – there is the ultimate exception. Nothing like power of a corset to make your panza oh so flattering!


Laura’s honorary tanchi status makes petiteness so in this season, wearing a wine colored Jeweled Arezzo Petite Maxi Dress ($298) – wearing a size 0. Love the zipper slit detail on the dress and POCKETS!


We seriously had to stop trying on clothes…

We Loved Everything!
It was a great event put together by the ladies at Anthropologie. They sure pulled out all the stops you can in catering scrumptious hor dourves such as lettuce wraps, bacon wrapped dates, pork sandwiches and so much more.

As part of the event, they also had a unique photo booth – reminiscent of the 15 ft black pillar in the film, ‘2001: Space Odyssey,’ making every photo look very cool without an Instagram filter which you could instantaneously text, Tweet, or email to yourself.



No filtering needed here, or as I always say, curating – the way of the tanchi. Anthro petites has taken away half the curating battle for us (the unpleasant ones) by addressing typical tanchi problems, and allowing us tanchis to enjoy curation for style’s sake and finding cuts that flatter. No filter needed to look fantastic, No settling here for tanchis with Anthro petites.

That’s a wrap at Anthropologie’s Petite Launch with Corey Lynn Calter.
La Bella Tanchi has been covering Anthropologie’s petite line infiltration into stores from the beginning, and you can expect more coverage on their growth. Catch more coverage on Anthropologie’s petite line in a pervious post, Que Yuca ser tanchi, until Anthro did petites!, and, A Tanchi’s Dream Jean; Meet Stevie. Anthropologie has been one of the leaders in offering petite apparel for women that strays away from historical experiences in department stores we’d rather leave in the past. So donut worry, tanchis, be happy! Looking forward to continuing coverage for more great events, collaborations, and fashion, which Anthropologie consistently delivers. Gracias Corey and Anthropologie – tanchis love you! (Even though our carteras (purses) may have a different opinion).

It’s all in the name, it’s made oh so well at Madewell since 1937.


I knew I shouldn’t have done it, but I did.

I stepped foot into a Madewell store for the first time and now bebe has some competition in my closet. My poor cartera.




On Thursday, August 1st, Madewell opened it’s doors at the UTC mall in La Jolla, San Diego and catered the event with personalized Madewell cupcakes and champagne–all while spinning tunes by a fabulous DJ. San Diego Style Bloggers Sivan and Adrienne of The Pretty Chouette attended in addition to Christine!


I wanted everything in the store, especially the White T-shirts.

If there is one thing that dominates my closet it is white t-shirts, and I have yet to come across the perfect tee until this day. American Apparel was the closest so far, but alas, a well constructed t-shirt with a durable and faltering drape. With the non-guilt of playing around in the sand with it on! The V-neck pocket tee is currently on sale for $14.99 and awesome for panza coverage!





Christine –a petite herself – picked up a couple of great new shorts that were a perfect fit! Madewell garments, I’ve found, are petite friendly. There was even a denim bar with a great jean selection for the curves!


What I love about the Madewell brand is the overall aesthetic of “Westcoast J.Crew.” This means trouble because I am huge fan of the umbrella J.Crew brand, but it’s not always affordable for this tanchi.


Madewell is lower price point mesh of the best of both coasts! Laid back preppy – Madewell will definitely be making frequent appearances on this blog!


For this event, I wore a more casual outfit – a coral colored cotton dress by American Apparel and a blue and white striped shawl from Anthropologie (over 5 years old!) I love timeless pieces – especially ones perfect for San Diego’s cooler evening weather. Topped off with a contrasting turquoise necklace from a street vendor in China and Dolce Vita tan leather wedges – my go-to shoe for dressing up in the summer time!

Here are similar finds for the necklace – perfect for the upcoming Fall 2013 trend of jewelry that frames the face!


Turquoise Chunky Bib Necklace , Statement Necklace , Stone Necklace


Chunky Turquoise Nugget Statement Four Strand Necklace – Stella and Dot Inspired

Buen Provecho – Kit Kat Waffles, Fall Fashion, and SD Style Bloggers at the US Grant Hotel!

I love brunch – especially my Mama’s Sonia desayuno típicos that are guaranteed food comas! Don’t tell Mama Sonia on me, but I just might have discovered a bruncheon just as delicious, afterall the panza needs love and this tanchi has the best of both worlds – platanos fritos and waffles!


Think the Willy Wonka of breakfast with a guest chef – Donkey from Shrek. In the morning, “I’m making waffles” and not just any waffles.

Credit: (C) Shrek 2001

This past Sunday – J Public Relations hosted, with Neiman Marcus, a Fall 2013 preview of trends at the US Grant Hotel with San Diego Style Bloggers over brunch. The menu at the Grant Grill included a buffet of eggs, bacon, sausage, sweet potatoes, and flavored waffles! There were flavors meant to entice the taste buds such as Kit-Kat and Hershey with toppings of maple syrup, banana caramel, berry compote, and shaved chocolate that were to die for!



That was only the beginning to a fabulous brunch bringing together industry #fashionnerds in San Diego. Behold – a fashionsita’s dream Fall 2013 wardrobe: Gucci, Fendi, Louboutin, and so many more were strutted down the runway by models – in this Fall 2013 display, Alejandro Yanez points to the trends Rocker Chic, Violet Fem, Animal Magnetism, Red as the new Neutral, and Lace Noir.

Rocker Chic


I’m such a fan of suspenders! I own them in black and white and I’m excited to see it become a hot trend this Fall! This model is wearing a classic, single sole, pointy pump – that’s right, it’s the return of the point! Chains and details such as skulls create the androgynous look.



Sweatshirts with a traditional influence, yet done in a couture way will be seen! I’m excited to see that the #1 easiest panza cover up trick will be made chic! This model is wearing a black crinkled patent Theory sweatshirt (a total borrow from the boy) rocked out with a black Burberry Britt biker jacket with silver detail.

Violet Fem


This gorgeous look is topped with rooster feathers and shades of blue and violet. The Pants are Gucci with a marvelous houndstooth print. The shoe is a Manolo Blanik bebe pump classic.




Animal Magnetism

Animal prints galore!


Red is the New Neutral



Oscar de la Renta with bold black jewelry.


My favorite garment of the preview features this waterproof red cape – makes me feel like a fashionsita superhero – #comicconwithdrawals



This look is interesting–by far the most curious of the day – inspired by Roman Catholicism and the ornate stained glass found in churches. Growing up, my poor parents had to take coloring books and snacks for me to make it through mass. This was a time before the church “family rooms.” I love God and everything, but I can totally understand that there is something about stained glass and old church architecture that can get distracting – it’s just so darn ornate and beautiful. Good thing this type of wandering admiration isn’t considered an official deadly sin.

Lace Noir


I love jumpsuits and hands down, this is my favorite look! This lace noir jumpsuit is brought to you by Diane Von Furstenberg topped with a color blocked Fendi bag. The baguette – highly popularized in Sex in the City television series– is making a comeback! This Fall 2013 has lots to offer for wardrobe curating and I’m excited to start translating style for the tanchi!



It was such a fun-filled day with goodies to take home including a goodie bag and debut Centennial Manhattan cupcake in a mason jar by Yummy Cupcakes SD!


At the event were Alessandra of Alessandra Gonzalez, Bianca of The In Between Girls, Sara of Sara’s Sweet Style, Paulina of Lil bits of Chic, Jennifer of Malcriada, Vanessa of Fashion Mixape, Britt and Gretchen of Nubry, Tuyaymya of White Tee Black Dress,  Laura Martella, author ofGentlemen Norman: How To Be A Man, Jess of A Glam Diary, Jade of These Days, Jea of Dainty Jea, and Amber of Face It Catalog.

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Thanks to Any Second Now for the group shot!

For the fabulous occasion, I wore my favorite dress of all time – a Ted Baker maxi dress. It’s my go-to for weddings and I have no shame in wearing such a timeless piece time and time again! I love it because maxi dresses are a challenging purchase for tanchis – mostly because of height. This is easily tackled with an alteration to the length but where the trouble comes and makes it almost always “untailorable” is the cinch at the torso. Tampering with it – even my favorite “princess dart pinch” can ruin the drapery and is typically a costly alteration. It’s a high price for a dress that no longer is what you expected when purchased, so finding a maxi dress minus the “flow” is exciting. My dress was purchased a few years ago and was expensive, but covers my panza elegantly because of the corset like construction up top. It displays a beautiful garden-like textile designed exclusively for the Ted Baker brad trimmed in bright orange– my first Ted Baker purchase after many years of admiring from afar. Similar is the Aymay – Opulent Bloom Print Maxi Dress. For accessories, I femmed it up with a red rosette headband from the Gap, my tan leather Dolce Vita wedges, and bebe (of course) royal purple and gold large sized studs.

Hasta luego tanchis – until next time, buen provecho (enjoy your meal)!

On your mark, get set, Go! To Opening Day in fabulous hat style!

Welcome to ‘Opening Day’!
More than 45,000+ race fans gather on the Opening Day of the thoroughbred racing season at Del Mar Racetracks for fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities!


Since moving to San Diego, I’ve made it a tradition to go to the race every year with the Juarez family. This year it is taking place July 17th – right around the corner! Don’t wait to get your hat!

The ‘lost’ accessory: the Hat
I absolutely love horses and to wear old school hats, especially because hats are like a lost accessory in everyday attire – and millinery is such a beautiful craft! Del Mar’s annual tradition, the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” brings out some of the most creative and stylish hats. It’s a unique event for sure with only the Kentucky Derby coming close with hat celebrations.

What I wore: a hat from Therapie Boutique, bebe (of course), and a dash of rouche draping
My first year, I didn’t realize how elaborate the hats would be. I went with a simple hat with black trim tied with black ribbon from a local hat shop and a beige ruffle GUESS? dress. The following year I upped the hat and dress. I decked out in a bold teal colored hat from Therapie Boutique – San Diego’s First Fashion Truck, and a bebe white printed flower dress that was altered to be tanchi friendly by adding darts to the back, leaving the satin black ribbon trim intact on the shoulders. Without the pseudo ‘darts’ the dress didn’t fall right on the top, making for awkward gaps on the neckline (typical tanchi problems) and a sinking cowl draping on the front. I love this dress most of all for its rouche draping (a great French technique that helps hides the panza). I topped it off with my bebe Casey heels in nude and black patent, reminiscent of art deco. They’re perfect for a Gatsby-like summer party at the racetracks look. Check out my curation – the tanchi way, for a day at the races over the years:


Therapie Boutique – San Diego’s first fashion truck has ‘Opening Day’ needs
I stumbled upon Therapie Boutique by chance. I’m an avid farmers’ market shopper and they happened to have their truck at the North Park farmers’ market in San Diego. They had such a great selection of clothing, accessories, and especially hats and fascinators! Picking out a hat took me a bit of time and it was hard for me not to walk away with more items. My teal colored hat came out to about $60 – while my 1st year hat from Hats Unlimited in La Jolla was about $30. This year I’m switching it up a bit and wearing a fascinator instead – a one of kind piece crafted beautiful by Linda Friedmen in New Orleans (Nola)!

Tanchi adventures in Nola (such a rager town) and an amazing experience!
I got to visit a Plantation, a swamp, and eat all sorts of typical cuisine from Fried Aligor to Bacon wrapped Oysters. It’s just a beautiful place, yet sad. Remnants of Katrina are still apparent years later.





All the way from NOLA: Golden Feathers and Vintage Bling
Heading over to the French Quarter, my pretty half, Hezzie, and I came upon the Saturday night street market where artists sold their fabulosity. Linda’s fascinator selection (a style of millinery kind of like “mini hats” or headpieces) was hard to walk away from!

I ended up selecting a beautiful fascinator with golden feathers and vintage bling. Linda’s pieces are a bit pricier, but worth the price for her use of quality material and exceptional design. I’m just not that into the generic and uncomfortable head pieces you can find at Claire’s for example for half the cost. The feathers in this piece are luscious – so bright in their color and each one unique–a perfect piece for Opening Day, a Gatsby themed party, or Halloween! She travels far for her materials – often going as far as NYC! Her stuff is not available elsewhere because it sells out that fast, but you can contact her via email for custom orders or current availability. Linda is a true millinery artist! Here are pics from her great selection.





That’s a Wrap for this Tanchi at the French Quarter
To end the night on my Nola visit, I got a poem written about surfing by Heath who had a typewriter on the poetry corner. A beautiful poem about my beloved ocean. I knew Nola was fun while it lasted, but it was time to head back to home to beautiful San Diego.


From Nola to SD, this tanchi is Opening Day ready with my fascinator for the big day! That is if Billie, my quarter half, doesn’t run away with it first (or eat my protection from evil spirits coral statement necklace!)


Enter the giveaway to win your Tilly Doro coral necklace now before Billie goes cookie monster mode!

Thanks Pretty Half for photos!

A Tanchi’s Dream Jean; meet Stevie

Are you Petite with a quest for a fitting Jean?
You’ll only find Stevie’s for petites at Anthropologie. The Adriano Goldschmied Stevie line is exclusive to the Anthropologie brand and is the best jean I have found yet for this tanchi!

Meet Anthropologie’s Adriano Goldschmied (AG) Stevie!
The only downside to the Stevie is the cost (like most Anthropologie gear–I wish I could splurge on more!). But right now, they’re having a sale and the AG Stevie petite slim straight ankle is going for $49 dollars, down from the $158 regular price. A steal! At regular price, it’s still higher than my beloved bebe, but having a scrunchy bottom free look, while looking fab on my curves, and being a quality soft denim in an unusual color is worth every penny of the Stevie. (It even feels a little weird not to have so much cloth around my ankles!)


What makes the Stevie so good?
The feel of the denim is heavenly! A soft yet stiff denim – easy on my panza and a great hugger on my curves. I hate when a jean pinches your panza when you sit down or goes too stiff after a few washes. In these outfits, I’m wearing a size 29 jean paired with a bebe white peplum top and an Armani black and white pinstriped t-shirt paired with a yellow mustard bebe blazer. Considering the color – I find endless combinations to pair the jeans with. It’s also fun to mix it up from my usual black and white palette! The Stevie is a great traveling pant because of its versatility and comfort. Who wants to sit on 3 and half hour plane ride wearing uncomfortable attire?

When Jet-setting, a Stevie is your best bet
I recently ventured on my annual pilgrimage to the East Coast, and this year also included a new trip to New Orleans! I love the clean cut and classic style out there and that “dressing up” is a norm. I wore my Stevies for 3 days – until the humidity got to be too much and I finally had to switch it up. I went monument hopping in Washington DC at night! Can’t imagine seeing them any other way – the night makes it that much more dramatic and there are less crowds as well!


Where MLK stood and gave “I have a Dream” speech!


The Man – Abraham Lincoln

Museum Hopping in my Stevie’s
I also made my way to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Museum of Art for the first time. As a museum nerd and lover – I was in awe!


I only wish I could have stayed longer. I got to see great portraits of some of my heroes: Dolores Huerta and Caesar Chavez. On the art side, the contemporary art floor was my favorite, in particular this large scale installation work by Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995. To learn more about this great piece click here. Paik regards the electronic superhighway as real. It is an enormous physical object that occupies a middle ground between the virtual reality of the media and the sprawling country beyond our doors.




Tanchi Does DC
To end my brief DC visit, I got a chance to catch up with one of my old college roomie, Maritoni, over dinner at Matchbox followed by Poste. I have Toni to blame for my bebe ways. Congrats on completing law school! I threw on a multi-colored H&M scarf on with this outfit – the peplum all white top feels like a canvas waiting for an accessory!


Can’t wait for my next visit to the east side! Such great museums and friends, while feeding my love of taking the public transit systems (even if I get lost here and there). So long as I’m in comfort and style with my Stevie’s, I can take on unknown transit systems — even the visual ones Paik’s creates of virtual highways!

Tilly Doro Giveaway
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a free custom made Tilly Doro coral necklace! You need your protection from evil spirits too! Contest ends Sunday!

‘Posh’ Party Time with San Diego Style Bloggers! (minus the Spice Girls)

Last Wednesday I attended a “Posh Party” put on by Poshmark at the W Hotel San Diego. Paulina, of Lil Bits of Chic, and other bloggers hosted and invited the San Diego Style Bloggers to join in on the fun. I love getting together with fellow fashion nerds to dress up and put on some heels on a Wednesday night! Fellow bloggers Bianca, Nahomi, and Nubry attended to enjoy the great hor dourves, cocktails, and fun props for photo opps on the Posh Party backdrop.


Posh Parties are thrown by Poshmark to get the word out about the app (not the Spice Girl). I love the Poshmark app and can’t wait to start using it! It’s a solution to my Buffalo exchange drama. Just last week I got turned down for an almost new pair of bebe signature black denim skinny jeans…are you serious?

Poshmark is a fun and simple way to buy and sell fashion. You get to shop the closets of fashionistas and sell your stuff as well. With my recent spring cleaning and ‘panza blasting mission,’ lots of clothing will be going up for sale soon! All very panza friendly fashionable garments being passed from one tanchi to another.

For the event, I wore a very panza friendly black dress by Forever 21 that came with a red leather skinny belt, black floral-print tights from Victoria Secret and black patent Steve Madden Maryjane heels. For accessories, a juicy couture silver chain link bracelet and of course, bebe stud earrings. I love this dress because it is one of the more slimming dresses I own. Surprisingly, this cut of dress is typically not very flattering on me. I saw a similar cut a year ago by American Apparel that I loved, their Cotton Spandex Jersey Double U-Neck Dress. This one was not very panza friendly, but the Forever 21 version is a heavier fabric that gives extra coverage. Just goes to show, not all petite friendly garments have to stick to the general rules such as A-line cuts. Thanks Forever 21!

Great night and great fashion! I met some new faces and can’t wait for more fun at the W Hotel. Thanks Paulina for hosting and Bianca for the photos! San Diego Style Bloggers and Poshmark, until we meet again!