by Fernanda Alvarado

To the strong willed individuals who stuck to their resolutions we say, “Congratulations! You can enjoy this season without guilt!” To the ones that love food a bit more than most we say, “Don’t worry! There is a swimsuit for every style, shape, or form!”

The summer 2018 swimwear trends cover every possible aspect and personality that could want to make a splash at the pool or at the beach. Thank goodness! The options for this season’s swimwear trends include one and two pieces with imaginative styling. The rise of the one piece is in full force as well, and each of the designs is stunning with options to flatter everyone. From sunbathers to surfers and models to the more modest, the summer 2018 swimwear trends strategically cover it all.



Swimsuits with Tassels
Tassels are cuter than ever. You’ll stand out from the crowd with a bathing suit decorated with yarn tassels. They became more chic and feminine. Some bathing suits can even be accentuated with accessories and jewelry.

One-Piece Swimsuits
You can never go wrong with a classing one-piece bathing suit. However, this season spruce things up a bit. Add a touch of oomph to your suit and think plunging necklines, which are one of the best summer 2018 swimwear trends to go for!

Clever, funny and sarcastic prints are showing up on cover-ups, two pieces, and one pieces. A play on words here and there has shown that it is not just for a cute T-shirt. Off Duty Mermaid, and Bae Watch are popular options.up for a quick bite are out and about as well.

High-Waisted Two Pieces
The high waist trend has been building steam and gaining ground more reliably for the past few years than any other. Maybe it’s the flattering way our hips flair or our tummies are tucked but this trend is cute on anyone.

So, pack up your swimsuit, put on those sunglasses, and drive towards the sunset. This summer is sure to be one filled with memories and laughter and with our tips you’ll be a statement all on your own! Happy swimming, readers!

By Yeradi Armenta

Dr. Seuss once said, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”. Even as a little girl, I’ve always been one to stay true to my image. From my own closet, I would create different outfits. I’d get a shirt of one style, a short or skirt with a different print, then maybe I’d add a cape and totally random shoes and I’d leave the house ready to take on the day. I was the type of kid who would color my shiny dress shoes with black sharpie. I’d put new designs on my shoes and I’d wear them every time I went out. My mother would sometimes have a different opinion about my outfits but would always end up supporting her little fashionista. I have always liked dressing and being different, and yes, it was a little because I wanted to be the center of attention.

I believe that style comes from comfort. You can choose to be who you are and you can choose how to present yourself to the world through your fashion style. It is important to know that comfort plays a huge role in how you dress. When you’re not comfortable, you are not at your best.

Don’t be scared to show you have personal style. You can be THAT girl! Life is a runway, dress like it!”

The term It is defined as “denoting a person or thing that is exceptionally fashionable, popular, or successful at a particular time.” That is exactly what I had in mind when I created my online shop, The It Shop. 

I try to dress in clothes that people can get from The It Shop. After all, that is how I started. Friends and family would always ask me where I got the different items, whether they be clothes, shoes, accessories, or purses. The question became so common that my husband suggested I begin my own online store.

It should be mentioned that I began my shop with personalized genuine leather goods. One day, I was minding my own business, when someone noticed my purse. They completely fell in love with it and they’d tell me they wanted one but that they couldn’t go to Mexico to get one. When I least expected, I had about ten people asking me to go get them purses like mine.

So I spoke with three different brands in Mexico and I became a distributor of genuine leather goods.

The It Shop is what I love to do. Because through it, I’ve been able to meet so many different people and I’ve been able to experience a Fashion Week in Mexico City. The It Shop was selected with a small group of online fashion retailers that have been actively promoted through notorious fashion influencers in Monterrey and Mexico City.

During Fashion Week it was so exciting and amazing to see the influencers I work with wearing clothing and accessories from The It Shop. It was also a pleasure seeing people in the shows react to these outfits positively and they were even curious about where they came from! I even got a chance to be interviewed because of the way I dressed for the shows! Fashion Week is a fabulous experience, but let me tell you that it’s quite tiring, too. For example, for every runway show you have to form a line to get into the show itself, once the runway walk ends, you have to get back in line to go to the next runway walk and so on and so forth all day long. But I was happy and excited. I loved this experience and even had the opportunity to sit in on the most colorful and trendy runways.

My passion for fashion led me to witness Benito Santos’ runway show. He’s a really well-known designer in Mexico and I knew I had to be a part of his show. After all, his fashion pieces have ended up even on the Miss Universe stage in 2010 with the show’s winner, Ximena Navarrete. This was an out of this world experience!

I knew this Fashion Week would give me a fresh perspective on fashion and a cool twist to The It Shop. All of these experiences led me to a greater love for all things that make fashion unique.

I went from selling only personalized leather goods to clothing from boutiques based out of Los Angeles and New York. Everything that comes my way, that I think is trending, I try to sell it. I have had my Instagram store for about two years now and I have over six thousand followers. I look forward to learning more and sharing with you guys. After all, you are part of my inspiration!

Come find the perfect gift!

by Fernanda Alvarado

Shop 195 is a boutique dedicated to creating a difference in the world. Owners Susan Nelson, Irma Saldivar, and Mariana Quintanilla have dedicated their time and attention to creating a shop that caters to the quirky and creative side of everyone of their customers as well as helping out causes that make a change.

The three owners each have their different personalities that helped create the shop as it is today. Irma and Susan are both lovers of all things that sparkle and jewelry. Mariana always wanted to open a shoe store. Each of them give a piece of themselves to create Shop 195 and make it a success.

Shop 195 started in November of 2017, and since then, they have offered a different kind of boutique to the city. One where they can improve the world and offers something different for someone.

They carry a slew of brands, from jewelry and candles to purses and personalized items, for those special people in your lives.

Irma, Mariana, and Susan made it their mission to bring to the shop brands and names that would be worthy of the customer.

Shop 195 carries Bridgewater candles. Bridgewater’s mission is to feed an orphaned child for a day. Similar to Tom’s shoe line, with a purchase of a Bridgewater candle, the company will provide three meals to a child.

Bracha is a jewelry line they manage and with every purchase made you help in the fight against human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Shop 195 is very conscious minded and focused on making an impact.

On top of Shop 195 being socially aware, they also carry brands that appeal to the quirkiness in all of us. Loly In The Sky is a shoe line available at the boutique. The shoe line is made from one hundred percent vegan materials and masterfully crafted by master artisans in Mexico. If you’re looking for bigger brands, Pandora, Vera Bradley, and Nomination can be found at their shop.

Mariana, Irma, and Susan have made their boutique a place where people can come together and make a change while purchasing gifts for those that already have everything.

Visit Shop 195 at 3402 E Del Mar Blvd Ste. #195.

UltraViolet for 2018

“I just wanna drive ‘til I run out of highway into the purple sky!” Kid Rock had the right mindset when writing his lyrics


During these chaotic and charged times, the country and its citizens need to think about things that make them happy and reflect on the fact that there is still good to be had in this world.

Colors have a way of setting the mood for different areas in life and Pantone recognizes that our moods are sometimes swayed by the colors we surround ourselves with. After much research and analyses, Pantone officially declared the color of the year to be Ultraviolet. This is a color that intrigues with its hybrid, mysterious nature. You can even associate it with the seventh chakra where the human meets the divine.

According to their instagram, “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple share, Ultraviolet communicated originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us to the future.”

It is this color that sets the tone for the trending colors for the spring and summer of 2018. Included in this list is:

Lavender – In keeping with the purple hues, lavender is a color that will dominate the whole summer season. It is romantic yet elegant. The color can be worn on a masculine suit or a light garment that gets billowy and ethereal with every step.

Rapture Rose – is the full, princess-like, intense shade of pink. Capturing the dream of royalty, this pink can be combined with sheer, light fabrics.

Sky Blue –  a classic color that reminds you of a serene sky and fluffy clouds. This color looks great on mid or full-length dresses.

Light Green – Green makes its return for summer 2018. This time, however, with a delicate and fresh nuance. Wear it with a pantsuit or a silk long sleeved dress?

Military Green – considered now as a neutral hue, just like beige, military green often ‘breaks’ elegant or sporty looks on military style pieces. But the most important way it is worn is from head to toe by a modern woman who faces the urban jungle everyday.

Milk White – a full and warm hue, this hue has nothing to do with optical white which is much cooler and cyber-like. This shade was spotted on light, natural materials on garments created for an exotic journey.

Chocolate Brown – brown is a color that never goes out of style. Intense and enveloping, it is impossible to resist this shade. Almost as impossible as it is to resist a chocolate covered strawberry.

Yellow – Think of Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s Kill Bill. The same shade of her tracksuit is the same vibrant and energizing tone of yellow making a comeback for 2018. This year, yellow is the complementary color of purple.

Tomato Red – When is red not a bold color?! A totally bold and entrancing hue, wear it with ample dresses, voluminous cocktail dresses or sophisticated pajama suits.

2018 will be a year that sees many comebacks for the fashion world and many changes for our country. Remember, that our mood is swayed by the colors we surround ourselves with. So in the words of the always eccentric Kid Rock, Let’s all just drive ‘til we run out of highway into the purple sky.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple share, Ultraviolet communicated originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us to the future.

A unique shop with some stylish threads

by Oscar Castillo

We all have that one small shop in town that’s close to our hearts. Usually, these carry items or a service that can be found nowhere else in Laredo. This is the case for Nook. Nook at 909 specializes in children’s clothing. However, one glance at the wares will reveal that the styles and looks in this shop are a bit more special.

Nook focuses classic and traditional Spanish and European clothing. These include styles for children from ages 0 to 12, and include articles such as dresses, shoes, bows, socks, shirts, skirts, sweaters, pajamas, and much more for both boys and girls. However, the store also features fine jewelry and accessories for Mom such as handbags and other gifts. Browse through their selections of candles, home accessories, jewelry, and diffusers.

For fans of Nook, there are good news on the horizon as the shop is expanding. Though they will retain their signature looks and styles, there will soon be more options to choose from. Daniela Fernandez Cardenas, owner at Nook, states that the shop wishes to expand its repertoire to also feature more everyday looks and articles apart from their customary clothing lines. They also wish to promote lines with more accessible prices and brands.

Nook has been at it for more that four years and a half, so an upgrade was definitely due. Expect the same quality that Nook is known for, but with more variety. This nook is not so little anymore. Visit Nook at 1202 east Del Mar to find out what’s new in stock and to find that perfect gift.

Nook at 909 specializes in children’s clothing; Daniela Fernandez Cardenas, owner at Nook; the shop focuses classic and traditional Spanish and European clothing. These include styles for children from ages 0 to 12.