Riverwalk or Catwalk? My Stylish San Antonio Trip

The city of San Antonio, Texas is known for many things. Its interesting history, incredible Mexican cuisine, vibrant music, rich culture, and exciting night life are the city’s biggest attractions, and during the three days I spent there, I added fashion forward street style to the list. I’m just joking of course. Not all of the pedestrians along the riverwalk were cheesy tourists dressed in baggy T-shirts, ill-fitting shorts, visors and fanny packs. In fact, most of the locals and tourists I saw were noticeably stylish. But I did bring a bit of my own uniquely modish style to the streets of San Antonio.

Besides spending time with family and enjoying all of the amazing attractions listed, I also visited for the Shawn Mendes concert that took place on Tuesday night. The concert, by the way, was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE to say the least. If you haven’t heard of Shawn Mendes, the Canadian singer-songwriter with powerful vocals and an incredible mastery of the acoustic guitar, look him up on YouTube ASAP. He’s unbelievably talented. And easy on the eyes. But I digress.

For the concert I opted for a Bohemian look includng this  extremely comfy and cute Bohemian off-the-shoulder blouse from Target. I paired it with ruffled floral print shorts from Urban Outfitters, a gold Michael Kors crossbody bag, black sandals (again curtesy of Target) and accessorized with gold bangles from Forever 21. I really love this outfit for its summer trendiness and how well it kept me cool, whether I was dancing around to Mendes’ hit song “Stitches” or strolling around the riverwalk.

Another ensembe I wore while touring the city also had a bit of Bohemian to it. The black and blue ruffled blouse with a small floral print is from Forever 21 as are the black shorts. I paired these with my favorite white Vans. Yes, I said white Vans, but don’t even think about that Daniel video, I’ve heard it too many times.

Anyway, the trip was a blast and I have to say that my favorite places to eat in the city are Mi Tierra and Las Canarias. Mi Tierra is Spanish for “My Land” and serves the most authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner you will ever have without actually going to Mexico. The restaurant is massive and is decorated in gorgeous lights, streamers, and papel picado (intricately decorated paper banners) all year round. Did I mention that it’s open 24 hours a day and has a delicious Mexican bakery inside? Because it does. Yup. Best restaurant ever.

Las Canarias is a noteable rival, though. It’s located in a gorgeous Omni Hotel along the riverwalk with historical Spanish architecture. I’m not as familiar with Las Canarias as it was the first time I’d ever been there, but the brunch buffet was the best—and fanciest—brunch I’ve ever had. There’s so much to choose from (croissants, raisin French toast, bagels, fresh fruit, bacon, and sausage just to name a few) and you can order your own specialized omelet. The staff is also very attentive. It is more on the pricey side, but if you don’t mind paying $22 a head for the nicest breakfast of your lfe, go for it.

No matter where you’re going on your next vacation, remember to pack clothes in mostly neutral colors, that way everything will go together and you won’t have to worry about planning several days’ or weeks’ worth of outfits. Also, in the words of Coco Chanel, “It is always better to be slightly underdressed,” so sticking to mostly basic colors and simple but nice pieces will help you to look good, stay comfortable, and break that tourist stereotype of wearing nothing but tropical print shirts and gift shop merchandise.

Until next time, stay modish! -C


Patriotically Fashionable

In honor of yesterday being our country’s Independence Day, I’ve taken to Polyvore to put together some incredible pieces in red, white, and blue. Here is how to be patriotically fashionable all summer long.

Cool for the Summer
This ensemble is perfect for partying, shopping, or working at the office if you switch out the sandals for a good pair of pumps. These chandelier earrings from Dolce & Gabbana give the outfit that perfect, discreet touch of red. Of course, not all of us can drop $1,875 on designer earrings, so I recommend clicking on lordandtaylor.com for some outrageously adorable (and less expensive) alternatives.
Patriotic Athleisure

Patriotic Athleisure by fashionsbycristin featuring a crop t shirt

Athleisure is a huge, huge, HUGE trend right now. At first I was skeptical, but after seeing so many effortlessly stylish photos of it-girls like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid working athleisure on the streets, I have to say the trend has really grown on me. Athleisure is the term used for the style of clothing in which athletic or leisure wear is combined with high-fashion or luxurious pieces to create an outfit that is comfortable, functional, and fashionable all at once. I’m completely sold on the idea. This outfit would look good whether you’re strutting the runway of a Calvin Klein show or the isles of Target.
Street Style Sparks
Chokers are another big trend this season, and this somewhat Cinderella-ish blue velvet choker is completely affordable and ultra chic. AND it also happens to be a very patriotic hue. This outfit would be great for partying or barbecuing in style. I am especially head-over-heels for those white Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals. Sure, gladiators were a big thing last summer, but I am forever in love with them. Over-sized pants, blouses, t-shirts, denim jackets, and pretty much anything over-sized has been trending this summer. I could see the trend continuing on in the fall as well, especially with over-sized sweaters.
Evening of Fireworks
This might be my favorite patriotically fashionable outfit I’ve put together. The off the shoulder white dress is extremely on-trend, and I am really digging the chunking heels. Any shoe with a larger heel provides more support, is easier to walk in, and is just overall more comfortable than a stiletto. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a total sucker for a sleek stiletto, but these chunky heels have their perks too. These shoes from gojane.com are super affordable, but Steve Madden also has some gorgeous chunky heels. Last but absolutely not least, this bag from one of my all-time favorite designers, Michael Kors, is to die for. His fur poms are ridiculously cute and not too pricey either, though they are real fur which many people may be uncomfortable with. You can get some faux fur poms pretty much anywhere these days; they’ve become such a widespread trend. Some of the most affordable places I’ve seen are at H&M and Wet Seal.
I hope these ulra-chic patriotic ensembles inspire you to think outside the box with your wardrobe while still dressing on-trend. Until next time, stay modish!
P.S. Some amazingly modish vlogs may be posted very soon. So stay tuned.

I’ve Been Posing on the Railroad

I was talking with one of my best friends on the phone the other day (who talks instead of texts these days? I guess I do) and she asked what I was up to. “Just ripping up a pair of jeans,” I said. To this, she laughed and asked if I was finally going through the stereotypical teenage rebellious phase I never went through in high school. I answered her honestly that I am not going through a rebellious phase and that at this point, considering that I am sometimes called “the mom” of our group, I’ll most likely never go through such a phase. I was simply ripping up some old jeans so that I could wear them to take pictures by an abandoned railroad and climb up on an antique train that had the words DO NOT CLIMB ON LOCOMOTIVE painted on it. 

Hmm. Maybe I was being a little rebellious.

My friend then praised my new fashion blog in her own unique way. “Modish Marie looks bomb AF,” she said. For the sake of keeping this blog post rated PG, let’s just say she intended “AF” to stand for “as flapjacks.” I was very flattered.

Anyway, since basically the very day I started Modish I’d been thinking that a railroad would be such a cool location for a photo shoot, so I went for it. I struggled with deciding what outfit would mesh well with the scenery; my first thought was to go for a vintage vibe, or emulate the sort of Rosie the Riveter-esque look that working women wore in World War II. (What an alliteration that was.) But eventually I chose to combine chic and modern with rugged and worn. I put together a pair of semi-faded ripped jeans, black sandals from Target with an elegant design made of gold and silver studs, and a loose-fitting sheer top in a symmetrical, almost tropical neon green and black pattern. I knew the top was definitely on the bold side, though I had no idea it would match so well with the green trees behind the train! What luck!

Sans the insane heat, I had a blast taking these pictures and breaking the rule of not climbing on the locomotives while singing/humming “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” the entire time. I think the modern-urban look of the outfit as a whole combined with the antique, old-fashioned nature of the trains really gave me the aura I had imagined for these photos.

If you’re after a similar modern-urban feel in your wardrobe, I highly recommend hitting up stores like Urban Outfitters, Top Shop, and H&M, which all have some modern pieces with hints of retro. Or, if you’re a bargain hunter, stop by your local thrift shop for really unique garments that you can easily alter or embellish so that it looks like new and fits your own personal style.

If you’re just looking for a really decent pair of ripped jeans—which I consider to be one of the staples of any modish dresser’s wardrobe—I strongly recommend you don’t buy pre-ripped jeans. 

Why? Well, first of all, they look like you bought them pre-ripped. If you’re going to wear any distressed garment for aesthetic purposes, make sure it actually looks distressed. Otherwise, what’s the point? You’d be spending big bucks on a brand new item that’s supposed to look old. If you want something to look worn, it just makes sense to get something that actually has been worn, plus you could be saving major dinero. Below is a quick 3-step tutorial for ripping jeans at home.

How to Make a Decent Pair of Ripped Jeans in 2 Minutes (Maybe Less)

  1. If you have some already worn-out or faded jeans in the back of your closet somewhere, dust them off and grab some scissors. Otherwise, get a pair of used jeans at your local thrift or resale store. (To create my own ripped jeans, I got a pair that somehow got trapped in the back of my closet under a couple of Build-A-Bear stuffed animals from the 90’s.)
  2. Using the scissors, cut a small (about 5 cm or 1 in) slit in each knee of the jeans. Make sure the holes are at the same spot on each leg.
  3. Stretch out the slits until they become bigger, making holes. Really tug at the threads so that they become loose and frayed.

VOILA! You have some ripped jeans that actually look ripped and not like you accidentally bought them for $129.99 at Abercrombie & Fitch without checking the price because you got distracted staring at the black and white pictures of shirtless male models hanging on the walls. It’s strange that it’s a clothing store with models who usually don’t wear much clothing in the ads, isn’t it?

Until next time, stay modish.

Strutting in Stripes: My First Blog Post

Want to look modish? Here’s a similar ensemble!

When I decided to start a fashion blog three days ago, I really thought it would be totally easy. Ha! Boy, was I wrong. I didn’t have the slightest concern with how much time might go into designing the website, writing articles, putting together an outfit, finding a good photo shoot location, taking the photos, and basically doing all of the many things necessary to create a beautiful, engaging, and (hopefully) successful fashion blog. In fact, it took me almost a good hour just to finally decide on what to name this blog. But, with a little help from Thesaurus.com, scoping out already popular fashion blogs, and blatantly asking my brilliant Twitter followers for ideas, at last I chose Modish Marie.

You may be wondering why I would want to go through all of the trouble in the first place. Well, I’d been wanting to start a fashion blog around this time last summer, but I never really got around to developing it. Fashion, you see, has been the love of my life since I was eight. The thing is, I’ve had many other loves of my life. Some of them include songwriting, singing, playing guitar, dancing, acting, fiction writing, and painting. With so many passions in my life, it has been difficult for me to really focus on one thing at a time.

However, in the midst of my high school graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago, I realized that I was a flapjacking adult. I sat there in my royal blue gown and matching tasseled cap all teary eyed and thought to myself—What? This is real? This is happening? Yes, yes it is. So, I decided to pull a Troy Bolton and get my head in the game. I did more research on college majors and careers that really interested me, attempting to piece together the map of my future in adulting. At last, all of the soul searching (and Google searching) led me to decide to make pursuing fashion a priority in my life right now.

So, here we are! Hi, my name is Cristin Marie, and I hope that you’ll stick around and check out this blog in the future. I PROMISE it will get better. My hope is that by doing this blog, I will be a fashion and creative role model for you, and a good role model in general. My wish is to inspire you to improve not just your wardrobe, but your life. I also hope that I can make your day even if it’s in the smallest way, like saying flapjacks or making a High School Musical reference. Ta-ta for now! Stay modish.