A trip to the south with Farfetch x Capitol

I’ve always heard the South was more than just barbecues and fried chicken. I really never thought I’d get to have a glance at the chicest experience in North Carolina. I was invited by Farfetch to celebrate Capitol Boutique’s 20th Anniversary in Charlotte. Making my way to the hotel room I realized I had a total different perspective of what this trip would be.

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I found myself joining a group of bloggers to discover Capitol’s boutique, the women’s store division. Although there probably was nothing for me to wear, it was impossible for me to stop starring at how organized, detailed and beautiful their collections were. Every single designer, new season, you name it, it was there! The girls had a little fun playing dress-up but I didn’t worry cause I knew the next day it was my day, and I was the only guy in the trip – so that meant all for me!

We were gathered in a bus and driven to North Corner Haven for a one-of-a-kind farm party. I’ve been to many farms in my life, but nothing like this. We had skeet shooting in one side, goat playground, a moonshine teepee tent, oyster bars, real open bar situation in the middle, I mean there was everything you could possibly ask for. Women and men were dressed head-to-toe in designer, everyone in beautiful spring gowns and tailored blazers. All I could think of was, could this get any better?

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The second day we headed to the Men’s store – Tabor. I finally had the chance to play dress-up but in a total different scene. When we arrived at the store there was a southern BBQ party outside, people seated by the benches enjoying a sip of rosé or their favorite beer. I got the chance to meet the incredible staff and snap pictures in every corner. Right after we had to change into our outfits and get ready for the Oscar De La Renta Exhibit Unveiling at the Mint Museum.

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I wore an Engineered Garments suit & Common Projects sneakers for the party.

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Being able to presence this unveiling was magical. Coming from a Dominican background myself, knowing the full story behind this amazing man and his career, I felt honored to be invited to presence this. I could remember my mother wearing some of his pieces with admiration and pride. The party wasn’t any less, we danced all night to the DJ’s music until our feet hurt and we had to go back to the hotel. It was an indescribable weekend, from the warmth of the people to the amazing experiences – unforgettable.

C.P.

 

LOVE MORE, LIVE HAPPIER

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I’ve been asking myself lately, what is going on? I can’t comprehend how so much hate can exist. Sometimes I try to stay away from discussing my point of view about news that go on everyday and in those political scenes. I’ve been hurting for those that are affected day by day through uncontrolled events.

This year has been a harsh year with the death of so many throughout the different attacks that have been going on around the world and the horrible natural disasters happening. My love and prayers go out to all of those families affected by such events in different countries.

I wake up every other week and scroll down my feed finding these news. In a world full of people, people that are just differentiated by social status or privileges. Let’s remember we all have the same 1 life to make things happen. At the end of the day we are one human kind, we are one race. We come from so many different backgrounds and upbringings, but we all share the same opportunity which is life. Your life is what you make out of it. No limitations exist to a mindset of abundance and love.

Equality is such a strong and powerful word that goes in hand with tolerance. Tolerance is understanding that we are equal. With tolerance you are loving someone for who they are and accepting their differences from yours. Everyone is different, we all share different education, passions, beliefs, preferences, among other things.

Let’s remember we are all born the same way. Love is the first thing we learn by being granted the gift of life. The situations we go through are not necessarily what shapes us and make us a certain way, it’s what you do with those situations and how you decide to react towards it that makes you who you are. If I sit down and narrate all of the things that I know people close to me have gone through and even myself, you would think we all have a reason to hate. The answer is no, no one does. The only thing that comes from hate is self-destruction. Learning to understand differences and loving them is really being appreciative of the life that has been granted to you.

One day you will find someone you think is special, you’ll think that person is your world. You will want to give that person anything you can possibly obtain and you’ll want them to live the best life. For some people that person will be their mother, their father, a lover, their husband, their children, a friend. That day you will experience true love. When you do, ask yourself “what if I ever loved everyone around me the way I love this person”. If you love more, if you loved everyone around you including yourself, you’ll live happier.

Much love, C.P.

WELCOME BACK, LET’S CELEBRATE!

Hey Guys!

Welcome back! I’m so excited to introduce you to the new layout of the blog. I hope you love this new design as much as I do. If you’re a reader from the beginning, you will be able to identify some similarity from the first layout I ever designed. I’m also really excited to show you all the new things I have in mind, new projects, new platforms, new type of content!

So talking about new beginnings, about two months ago I sat with myself and realized how blessed I was, I started thanking God for allowing me to be able to pursue my passion and live where I’ve always wanted to. I decided what better way to celebrate my new website and welcome Fall than surrounded by my closest supporters on a sunset rooftop gathering hosted by me and my friends from Veuve Clicquot.

I simply love having bubbles around me when I celebrate, specially when toasting to success. I’m grateful for having such amazing friends and family that support me. It’s been a year since I finally moved to New York from Miami. I can remember how tough were the first few months. I found myself with no plans for Christmas, sleeping before midnight on New Years, and praying to attend those Fashion Week events in the winter.

Today, I look back and see how far I’ve become this year and how many doors have opened in terms of partnerships, brands that I dreamed to work with, and events that I never thought of attending.

Fall is my favorite season as it marks the anniversary of moving to this city and chasing my dreams, encountering new obstacles and learning how to overcome them. I’ve been heart-broken, I’ve laughed, made new friends, ended friendships, went through a great loss and the birth of a new family member. No matter what happened week by week, I tried to keep a positive mindset overall. Here I am celebrating all of this and preparing myself for the next big obstacles and achievements that are on their way. To be honest, there is always going to be something to be grateful for, so why not toast to that?

Thanks to Veuve Clicquot for being part of my vision and a dream to work with. These bubbles surely helped sparkle the night!

Much love, C.P.

 

 

 

Wearing

Sunglasses (Thom Browne)

Shirt (Richard James)

Pants (Zara)

Sneakers (Banana Republic Men’s)

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CURLY HAIR: MY STORY

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From where I’m from it’s always been a stigma wearing your hair curly.  Men or women with curly hair are bullied, made fun of or stereotyped while growing up. Kids get low cuts the moment their hair start to go through the changing phase. Girls are taken to the salon every week to get their curls tamed because curls are not “good hair”, I grew into this culture myself where Hispanics – Spanish, specially Dominicans are very aware of how your hair looks and how they believe it should look like.

Let me tell you a story about this kid who used to go to school and always get a very short haircut, but wished to had long straight hair like his dad. He would try every single product he found in his house to try to make it look like exactly the same, but nothing ever worked. Growing up he started going to the salon with his mom, he would watch her blow dry her hair once or twice every week. After a few trips to the salon he started disliking his own hair and believing that his mom, who used to have curly hair, had ruined his genes in that matter. At school, in the streets, in his house and with his family, people would often joke around him and call his hair “nappy”.

Then it came to the years of going out and partying. He was now in the “public eye” (to high-schoolers). He became self-conscious about grooming so the pressure increased to have straight hair before he went out every time. The day of his confirmation ceremony he told his mother he wanted to wear straight hair for that occasion, so she did him the favor and took him to get a quick blow dry.

He arrived at church, did the line of the confirmation, and as he walked forward every single one started looking at his hair and making fun of it by whispering to the person next to them about it. Now, let’s imagine how he felt. He was not a kid anymore and still, they were making fun of his intentions and how his hair looked. All he wanted was to look “better” because he thought his curls were ugly and he wanted to look different. However, he boosted his confidence up in that same instant, realized his hair looked better than all of the boys in the venue, and took the best family portrait.

Fast-forward to the present, that guy was me. I grew up with so many insecurities about my curly hair, believing everything that was said around me. I kind of jokingly blamed my mother for having her Spanish genes dominate over my father’s, constantly. Truth is, I didn’t stop being harsh on my hair until it became very unhealthy and starting falling off. When I moved to New York I also realized that people didn’t give a damn about my hair, they saw me for who I am, with and without the curls.

So I started wearing my hair curly every other night after my workouts and the compliments started coming in. People would tell me in the streets, at events, everywhere. One day I asked my hairstylist which type of product she believed would be the best to smoothing my curls and make them look soft and styled, she introduced me to the Smooth Infusion line from Aveda. This line specializes in smoothing and treating curly hair. To my surprise, my hair was extremely soft and less damaged, the curls are very manageable and the hair grew back in the bald spots.

The reason why I’m dedicating this post to my experience with curly hair is because there is a stigma and tons of stereotypes within society based on ignorance and superiority. Part of being happy with yourself is loving yourself naturally without any alterations or changes. You are beautiful, unique and exotic in your own way, cherish that! Don’t be that kid that I used to be for so many years, living under insecurities and letting other’s opinions control the way I wanted to look like.

A few days ago I posted a picture on Instagram and believe it or not, the first ones to criticize my hair were those close to me, friends and members of family from back home. I really didn’t let that bother me since I already know their way of thinking and I also know my way of thinking now. Anyways, today I can assure you that I wear my curls with pride and I actually feel more attractive in them.. Funny, huh?

– C.P.

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MY FITNESS STORY WITH GRANA

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Hey Guys!!
It’s snowing so hard in New York but luckily we had this amazing warm temperature yesterday. It went up to 60 degrees and it felt so good to go outdoors without a coat and layers, therefore it was the perfect time to hit the park and workout with my new gear from Grana’s new activewear collection, Grana Move.
For me, working out has always been a huge part of my life. I used to be so chubby when I was very young until one day I got sick of my stomach, contracted a virus and lost nearly 20 pounds being hospitalized. It was such a tough time as I became lactose and fat intolerant, my childhood was totally ruined in terms of what I could eat or what I wanted to eat. It was very painful for a few years, but then I found myself swimming and practicing weight lifting.
By involving myself in fitness at a young age of about 16, I started enjoying workouts  better than sports. I’ve never been a sports guy, maybe chess and swimming, that’s about it! Going through puberty I realized I was very skinny as a result of my clean eating, then some curves appeared, the genes came through. I developed a slim-curvy body for a young man, and I hated it. I used to cover my butt with long polo-shirts so that nobody could see that I had a bubble butt or that I had a tiny waist (funny heh?). Now, I know many would kill for that, but back then it just took time and self-esteem to understand my body-type and what type of workout clothes made me look how I wanted to.
I took this time to tell you guys some of my story into fitness and how I used to body-shame myself for not accepting a different body-type than the ones my classmates had. Now, I love these legs and this tiny waist. C’mon, it makes my back look way bigger than it actual is!
So, I’ve partnered up with Grana to show you different workouts that I regularly do indoors and outdoors to keep myself motivated and fit in my favorite styles from Move. I’m still working on the abs so don’t judge that much! Some of these can be practical, like squats with dumbbells, lunges, sprinting, even hiking that I do to keep myself in shape. As for what I’m wearing, the quality of this new collection is just incredible, the fabric is super tech-fit and soft. Finally, I got these 4.5″ shorts that I craved for leg days, I mean, who doesn’t want to see their legs while they workout?
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The fit of the crewnecks and tank tops is very smart, it adheres to your body perfectly and manages moisture during your workouts perfectly, no sweaty tops people!
The shorts are my favorites! I picked the 4.5″ as I told you before, but they also have 6″4 for those who like basketball or wearing shorts that cover up more. These are made with a flexible technology, ideal for any type of sport or workout. Also, the color pallette is  very simple, they come in black, grey and blue. Black is my favorite color as it manages sweat and dirt better than any other. And, it just looks fashionable & bold.
I’ll leave some of the links where you can shop your favorites and check out the new Move collection.
Remember to always #setyourpace !
-C.P.