Thank you for introducing me to Desirée Velásquez, and her blog Fashionlingual (Fashion fanatic + bilingual gal = Fashionlingual) because she is Aca-Awesome! For example: while living a double life as an English teacher and fashion communications student in Madrid, she compiled an English-Spanish dictionary with fashion and beauty terms for fashionistas who find themselves in a Spanish speaking country or website. Desirée made it back to the states more fierce and fabulous than ever. Check out her Chicago street style.
WCW: How would you describe your personal style?
FL: My style is always changing, but if I had to break it down it’d look something like this: 20% trendy, 30% polished prep, 10% sexy, 20% romantic, 5% masculine and 15% classic chic.
WCW: Do you have any tips for style when relying on transit?
FL: My footwear HAS to be comfortable if I’m relying on public transit. If it’s not and I need it, I’ll throw them in my bag and slip on upon arrival. Nothing is worse than standing and trying to balance on the “El” with tall stilettos that look fly, but pinch the heck out of your piggies!
WCW: What’s your favorite accessory?
FL:I have two: statement jewelry and bold lips.
WCW: If I peeked in your closet, what brands or designs would I see repeat?
FL:It’s pretty eclectic. I have everything from Goodwill finds to modern luxury pieces.
WCW: Any tips for surviving Chicago winters while remaining stylish?
FL:Strategic layering with warm knits (and different textures) and chic outerwear.
WCW: What’s your current profession? Do you dress differently for work?
FL:I work in education and yes, my style gets diluted for my workday. Although a school environment isn’t as rigid as the corporate world when it comes to dress code, I typically tone down my style and opt for more classic & comfy pieces.
WCW: Name your favorite place to shop online and in store.
FL:Online: Asos and Zara. Store: Nordstrom Rack.
WCW: What’s in your purse?
FL: Tissue, lip balm, work ID, wristlet (with cash and cards), lipstick, sunglasses, a cereal bar, my cell phone, lotion, bobby pins, sample sized perfume and loads of old receipts.