And So It Ends...

It was an amazing summer, full of lazy afternoons and trying to find fun little getaways for my girls. I was constantly surprised by how much kids needs the rest, and even boredom of really doing nothing, to become more creative, to start again. I’m very much refreshed after this fun summer and ready to get back to work!

Here’s what you can expect now that we are fully back to work:

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Cafe Con Leche

What a summer! It has given me the possibility of recharge, of finding myself again, and understanding my path. Somedays it has been super hard to face the loneliness and hear my inner voice under all my thoughts, but when I pass those moments I find myself and I find such creative force inside me, that I even surprise myself. I still have another month of vacation, and I’m so happy that I took this time to really recharge and start again.

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Days With Our Hortencia Dress

I walk and from the dress hangs a train that moves with my every step effortlessly. I love that, people might find it not practical for modern life, but that gives me that little bit of old glamour that my old soul is always missing because i’m stuck in a twenty first century life. Sure I’m just heading to Mandolin but even if it’s my dress, a perfume or one of our petite bouquet earrings, I need a little something to make my old soul feel at home…

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A Petite Bouquet For You

Sometimes I look at photos from the time that I had my first daughter, which was the first time I had a store, and it’s crazy, but I don’t remember either event… And now, I can finally enjoy both things my kids and my art. I spend my days designing, drawing, creating cute pieces, fulfilling my inner purpose, but most importantly, spending time watching my girls grow, enjoying every single thing life gives me… Sure I call “batches” 6 pairs of earrings, but honestly, it makes me happy, this moment, this turn I had… It’s just amazing and perfect.

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Summer Vacation Plans

During the past 4 years the concept of taking a break for summer seemed completely out of the question. I remember laughing at the French way of taking off for the summer and closing their businesses. One of my fabric providers didn't take payment from me for 3 months because she was on vacation! This to me seemed like a crazy nonsense!

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The VERY Personal Story Behind My Collection

I don’t know where to start writing. For years i’ve been in a transformation, which I honestly didn't ask, it just happened. I guess it started with my father’s stroke, but it accelerated when I became a mom and motherhood was met with resistance from beliefs (which are also society’s beliefs). I was given my store at the same time I was given the gift of motherhood, and it was a moment of my life in which I was surrounded by a lot of people, who had a lot of outward motivations, like wearing designer stuff, looking like instagram models, and NEVER giving up a career for children or your family. Little did I know that I was dealing with my ego self and not my true being.

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The Daisy Collection

My children are the inspiration behind everything I do. After two years of running around I’m so happy that finally I got a chance to truly enjoy the magic of my children, and to breathe in their innocence. Children have so many things to teach us: patience, mindfulness, love, forgiveness… They are the true teachers, although sometimes its hard for us to accept that truth.

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Postcards From India

I never imagined I would end up producing clothes in India. I thought probably Colombia, being that I’m from there, and at some point I even thought China was a good idea… I related India (ignorantly, I must add) to Bangladesh, and Bangladesh to a non-ethical label. Sometimes when I mention that my brand is ethically made in India, people do a double take, as if for some automatic reason making clothes ethically there is impossible. I want to change that. India has a very big tradition of textile production and manufacturing, and by assuming that there’s only cheap labor there we are removing the human factor. People who need jobs and have talent!

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Back To My Creative Self

A year ago I was sitting on my most successful pop up yet at Aventura Mall, in a state of constant anxiety. I was eating Belgian waffles for breakfast every morning, skipping lunch, snacking mindlessly, not exercising, constantly glued to my phone fixing problems, angry, and not enjoying the most important thing in life: my family. It got to a point that I got sick a couple of times, constocondritis, and developed celiac, and was having recurrent panic attacks. In the mist of this, I decided I wanted to design again

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Letter From Carolina

I look back at this amazing year and although it makes me happy, I also start to get anxiety! Wow, sometimes it was so hard to carry the stress of a store, and the invisible workload of motherhood. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and just thinking about it all makes me cringe from all the difficulties I endured. Those difficulties included me not being able to control my stress and living on a constant anxious state.

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