OJ AND CIGS - A Personal Style Blog By Jana Rose Carrero

Hustle Sauce – The Struggle Is Real

11.12.14

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“The struggle is real” – A (generally) ironic saying often used in place of the saying, “first world problems.” Denotes a situation where the user wishes to express that they are encountering some sort of undesirable difficulty, but dealing with it. With irony, it has a comical effect of dramatizing a non-critical, yet undesirable situation. (via Urban Dicitionary).

How many times do you use #thestruggle or #thestruggleisreal in conversation these days? Well, this shirt is for you! Thanks to Miami designer Steph Canto of Hustle Sauce, she’s bringing clever mottos and eye-catching typography to high quality apparel, perfect for a street-style edge.

This is the first part of the series, where boy did I make friends. Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively went behind the lens to capture these shots at the Domino Park on Calle Ocho, Miami. Such a mélange of Caribbean characters, from Dominican to Puerto Rican to Cuban, all convening for their favorite game! Needless to say, they were excited to have us shoot there. Stay tuned for the second part of the series, where I get to hang with my beautiful blogger pals Annie Vazquez of The Fashion Poet and D’ana Nuñez of Collections and Volumes!

Simply Irresistible

10.17.14

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Sunglasses: Tom Ford “Nikita” | Necklace: Jeannine Massiah via mvtrends

Forget the dropping temps for a minute, because I’m finally posting these sizzling shots we took a couple months ago in Puerto Rico. I tried hard (key word *tried*) to channel my inner femme fatale reminiscent of Robert Palmer’s 1988 music video “Simply Irresistible” so I’m curious to see what you think (insert blushing emoji here because I’m so not vixen-like). But all jokes aside, isn’t this neck-piece amazing? It’s by Venezuelan jewelry designer Jeannine Massiah and you can find her stunning statement necklaces here. Cheers!

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PHOTOS BY GIL E MATOS

 

Freefallin’

09.23.14

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shot and edited by Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively

HAT & NECKLACE: Urban Outfitters (old)|VINTAGE BLAZER via Furor Moda|JUMPSUIT c/o Blush Boutique|SHOES: Zara (old)|RINGS c/o Just Vogue Jewels|CUFF: Aldo (old)

 

Here’s a little Fall fashion editorial inspired by the 1970s that I hope you all enjoy! It was so much fun teaming up with Yesica, talented photographer and blogger extraordinaire of Simply Lively. Her vision and aesthetic are pretty remarkable, so when I got the call to step in front of her lens, I was pretty stoked. I put together a couple of timeless pieces from local Miami spots Furor Moda and Blush Boutique to create a look reminiscent of an era when fashion was expressive and fun. Back then, both men and women wore funky hats, jumpsuits, wide-leg pants, blazers, and everything in between. And here we are today, bringing it all back. So here’s to the cyclical nature of fashion, and to seasons a-changing.

 

Technicolor Fashion – A Feast For The Eyes

08.19.14

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HAT: random score at tourist trap on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach | DRESS c/o Express | SANDALS: Zara (sold out) | JEWELRY: Filili by Luiny | SUNGLASSES: RayBan

Ah Technicolor fashion, my eyes can’t get enough of you…as a Motion Pictures college grad it is only natural that I am comforted by color most of the time. Some info: Technicolor is a groundbreaking color motion picture process created in the early 1900s and celebrated for its saturated levels of color, which is how famous films like Wizard of Oz, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Fantasia were made. Now combine this colorful goodness with fashion, and we’ve got all sorts of visual stimulation going on with a side of heart palpitations. No one does it better than the Technicolor queen: Solange Knowles. What do you think?

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Flower Showers

08.11.14

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Top, Pants, Shoes: French Connection

 

Flowers and flowers on top of flowers, because in Miami you can get away with floral prints all year round and the use of phrases such as “eternal summer” or “summer daze.” So let me introduce the freshest French Connection floral print two-piece set consisting of soft drawstring pants and a lace-trimmed cami, an outfit reminiscent of pajamas that’ll leave you in, yes, a daze. Throw in some accessories to dress it up and a pair of easy slip-ons and it’s an instant green light for wearing your nighties outdoors without looking like you just rolled out of bed, unless you want to. Then that’s cool too.

 

PHOTOS GIL E. MATOS
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